Ralph E. Peterson, 88, of Washington, Utah, formerly of Iona and Idaho Falls, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Beehive Living Center in St. George, Utah, following a battle with leukemia. Ralph passed peacefully away with his wife, Laura Peterson, and other family members by his side.
Ralph was born in Ririe, Idaho, on March 16, 1925, to Nellie and Clay Peterson. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1943, and then began his military service. He served two years in the 551st Bombardment Squadron. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1958 to 1961 and in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1962 to 1969. He retired from the Idaho National Laboratory in May 1987 after working at the MTR, ETR, and ATR reactor facilities.
Ralph was an accomplished guitarist and lifelong member of the Old Time Fiddlers. He joined the Fiddlers in 1965 and served as Idaho Chairman of District 8 in 1975 and 1976. In 1994, he served as president of the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers. In Utah, he served as District Chairman of the Dixie Chapter and has been an active member for many years.
Ralph was a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the years, he has served as High Priest Group Leader and Gospel Doctrine Teacher, as well as in many other callings. He was an avid genealogist and spent many long hours serving in the Temple.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Peterson; daughters, Raline (Blaine) Rowley, Janis (Robert) Sadzewicz, Ginger (Robert) Meeks, Charlene Smith, Vickie (David) Ahlstrom, Christine (John) Campbell and Brenda (Michael) Shadler; son, Loren (Elaine) Peterson; stepsons, Lyle Pederson, Brent (Brenda) Pederson, Tom Tomita and "Bill" Tomita; and stepdaughters, Laura Lee Tomita, MaryLynn (Greg) Nelson and Becky Jo Tomita.
Ralph was formerly married to Barbara Oswald (1947-1963) and Peggy Pederson (1963-1984).
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 22, at the Washington 6th Branch LDS Chapel, Washington, Utah. Graveside services will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls. Military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard. The family will visit with friends from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Wood East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.