JOHN PAUL PETERSON
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February 28, 1935 - June 11, 2012
SALEM - John P. Peterson, 77, of Salem, Oregon died June 11. He suffered from congestive heart failure and was in declining health, but remained active until a week before his death.
John was born in Bottineau, ND to Arthur Clarence Peterson and Marie Norderhus Peterson. He was raised on a farm near Souris, ND where he attended the local public schools including Souris High School. John moved to Salem with his family in 1953.
After U.S. Army service he attended the Oregon Institute of Technology, and then began a long working life, mostly in California and Oregon, and mostly as a home builder. John was appreciated for his generosity, hard work and good humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers Allen, Glen and Oren.
John is survived by his sisters Elizabeth A. Fossholm and Annabelle M. Sumner of Salem, and four stepchildren.
A family memorial gathering is planned for late July in Salem.
Published in StatesmanJournal on June 19, 2012