Glenn Walter Peterson died April 4, 2014. He was born on Oct. 26, 1922 to Walter and Gertrude Peterson in Shell Rock.
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He graduated from Shell Rock High School in 1940. After attending Dickinson School of Commerce in Waterloo, he worked for a year at Rath Packing Company and then joined the U.S. Navy in December 1942. He served in the South Pacific Theater as chief yeomen and was discharged in April 1946.
On return to the United States he enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1949. After teaching one year at Ventura, he enrolled at Iowa State College (Iowa State University) and received his Master of Science degree in 1951. He taught high school science at Waverly, for three years and chemistry at Central High School in Sioux City for one year, where he met his future wife, Elizabeth Ann Darden. They married in June of 1957 after he had returned to Iowa State College for further graduate work. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in plant pathology in July 1958.
In July 1988 he was employed by the U.S. Forest Service and as an adjunct professor in the plant pathology department of the University of Nebraska. His main research for the next thirty years, under the Rocky Mountain Experiment Station, was on tree diseases in the Great Plains from the Canadian border to eastern Texas.
Glenn was a member of the American Phytopathology Society, Society of Sigma Xi, University of Nebraska Emeriti Association, Nebraska Arboretum, and St. Joseph's Church. As a resident of East Campus area for 46 years, he had been active in that neighborhood association and a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include his wife Elizabeth (Betty), sons Thomas (Jana) of Kearney, Neb., and James of San Diego, and a daughter Mary Catherine Anderson of Lincoln, Neb., four grandsons, one granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews also survive him.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 1940 S. 77th St., Lincoln, with Monsignor Liam Barr officiating.
Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Monday at Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home, 4040 A St., Lincoln, with visitation was after 2 p.m.
Burial is in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Catholic Social Services or Nebraska Arboretum.
Butherus Maser & Love
4040 A Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
Published in Waverly Democrat from Apr. 8 to Apr. 15, 2014