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Joseph M. Peterson

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PETERSON, JOSEPH M., 86, , died Monday, May 19, 2014 at Baptist Healthcare after a long fight with Alzheimer's. Joe was born February 10, 1928, in Buffalo, KY, where he grew up. He graduated from Vermont Academy and attended Duke University. Joe retired from the Kentucky Department of Highways, where he was the materials engineer for the Louisville district. Joe was also a professional land surveyor. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran who pitched for Army baseball teams in the South Pacific in the years after World War II. At one point he considered a professional baseball career. He was also an avid golfer, bridge player, reader and gardener. In later years before his Alzheimer's progressed, he developed a hobby of collecting vinyl LPs and making mix tapes.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, John M. and Lila Peterson, and three siblings, John Vance, Joan and Lila Lee. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nola Jean, and by his children, John J. (Kathleen), Joseph S. (Kimberly) and Jenny S. Peterson.

His family loved his keen sense of humor, his fantastic tomatoes, and all the great family vacations they shared over the years. Joe was a member of St. Pius X and then St. Raphael's Parrish. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

There will be a private family ceremony with no visitation. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the , Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on May 21, 2014
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