Howard W. Peterson Sr. (1922 - 2018)

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Howard W. Peterson, Sr., 95, passed from this world to the eternal on February 1, 2018. A 43-year resident of Volusia County, Mr. Peterson was born in Winthrop Harbor, IL on October 30, 1922. Growing up, he was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. Howard attended Waukegan High School for two years before transferring to Zion-Benton Township High School where he was in the National Thespians and played in the school band. After graduating in 1941, he played clarinet for two years at the Christian Catholic Apostolic Church in Zion, IL. Howard was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 to serve in the European theater during WWII, as a member of the Infantry in the 320th Regiment. He also fought in The Battle of the Bulge in France as a Cannoneer and saw occupational duty in Koblenz, Germany before heading home in 1945 on the RMS Queen Mary. He was a recipient of the U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Badge and was later awarded with the Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor (Chevalier). Upon returning stateside, he began college at Ripon College in Ripon, WI before transferring to Southwest Missouri State Teachers College (later known as Missouri State University) for a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Using this education, Howard then served as Treasurer-Controller of Cherry Electrical Products for 25 years. Howard was a 69 year member of the American Legion, having been a past member of Zion-Benton Post 865 in Zion, IL, Goad-Ballinger Post 69 in Springfield, MO, member and Post Commander of Garrett-Langvad Post 1187 in Winthrop Harbor, IL and was a long-standing member of American Legion Post 270 in Port Orange, FL. He was also a member of the Lake County Past Commander's Club. In addition, Howard was a Cub Master in Illinois in 1952, and upon retiring from Cherry Electric in 1975, and moving to Florida with his family, remained active in the Scouts from '76-'81 serving as Cub Master in 1977. Howard purchased the Bermuda Villas Motel in Daytona Beach and continued in the accounting business in Florida - founding his own small business HP Financial Management, and was part owner of B&P Duplicating. Active in his church, Family Worship Center of Port Orange, Howard also enjoyed boating, gardening, fishing, crabbing, and model yachting. When not found golfing, discussing politics, making home movies, taking photography, or collecting model cars, Howard was often traveling. When home, he enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels in his backyard, bible study, gospel music, and playing games with friends and neighbors. Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Nancy Caroline Russ, Patricia Marie Van Duyne, and Howard W. Peterson, Jr., and grandchildren: Christopher Van Duyne, Dusty Williams, and Jennifer Wright. Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Nadia, in 2016, in addition to his two sisters, and granddaughter Sarah King. Visitation will be held Friday, February 9, 2018 from 5p-7p in the chapel of Shannon Maloney Funeral Home, 4084 Halifax Dr., Port Orange. A Funeral Service celebrating Howard's passing on to meet Jesus will begin at 7p, with Pastor John Mazza of Family Worship Center officiating. The Celebration will then continue Saturday at 10am, with a Graveside Service to include military honors, held at Daytona Memorial Park South. Arrangements entrusted to Shannon Maloney Funeral Home; to share condolences, please visit: www.shannonmaloneyfuneralhome.com




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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 8, 2018
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