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December 10, 1946 - February 22, 2013
One of the early members of Salem's Dirty Dozen made his last tee time on February 22. He's now playing through. Roger Peterson was only 66 years old. He died from heart failure while preparing for the annual boy's trek to Furnace Creek to, well, go golfing.
Born in Tillamook to Mae Lewis and Leroy Peterson, Roger graduated from South Salem High School. There he met and later married his sweetheart, Sandy, and they remained sweethearts for 47 years. He wooed her by cruising the "gut" in his 1957 Ford, along with double dates to drive-in theatres with Cathy and Mike Parker, who drove a dorky 1956 Chevy. Roger and Sandy were blessed beyond measure in 1972 with the birth of their son, Shon. Among dad's favorite adventures was sharing special time on Shon's fishing boat in Alaska.
Other adventures included Peterson and Parker teaching their boys to snow ski (the kids were better skilled) and family outings to Three Creeks Lake. Roger was a long-time assistant manager with Safeway stores in Oregon. For the last two or so decades, he was a retail manager for Crossmark where he earned admiration of coworkers and customers. His mischievous grin was the hallmark of his personality. Roger's professionalism and "let's make this happen" attitude were contagious.
His hobbies included golf, golf, cooking, and golf and cooking. Roger served as the so-called "Sue Chef" for the last twenty-some years at the annual Cabin Trip, a five-day golf outing in Central Oregon. This June, Roger's friends will gather at the cabin and rename the tournament The Peterson Invitational. There the boys will toast a Dr. Pepper and hope to God that someone else remembers how Roger planned for and prepared all the meals.
Roger is survived by his beloved Sandy and "number one" son, Shon; his parents, Mae and Leroy; his siblings, Janet, Glenn and Richard.
To honor Sandy's mother and brother, please consider memorial contributions to cancer survivors through the
, Willamette Valley Hospice or the
. Arrangements by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors. To leave online condolences, please visit www.HED-FH.com.
Roger's memorial service is Monday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Howell-Edwards-Doerksen's Chapel at 1350 Commercial Street SE in Salem. Come early because parking is at a premium.
Published in StatesmanJournal from Feb. 28 to Mar. 2, 2013