Charles E. "Chuck" Peterson
1948 - 2020
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VINTON- Charles E. "Chuck" Peterson, 72, died Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Jim Brokman as Celebrant. Visitation will be Friday, June 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton. Private family burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Belle Plaine.
Chuck was born January 13, 1948, in Chicago, IL, the son of Charles and Catherine Claeson Peterson. He was a 1966 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School in Mundelein, IL. Chuck also earned a Fire Science Degree from Kirkwood, Bachelor of Science Degree from Mt. Mercy and attended the National Fire Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Chuck was a firefighter and became a District Chief in Cedar Rapids, leaving to become Fire Chief in Bolingbrook, IL, retiring in 2006. While a firefighter in Cedar Rapids, Chuck helped to start the ambulance service in Belle Plaine.
On July 19, 1969, Chuck was united in marriage with Connie Wickwire at St. Michael Catholic Church in Belle Plaine. Chuck's well-earned leisure time included golf, traveling, "donating" to the casinos, family vacations and "cheering on" the Chicago Cubs and Bears. He was also active in many civic organizations.
Chuck is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Connie; daughters, Charlotte (Robert) Boyer and Lisa O'Brien ; grandchildren, Emily (Chad) Fye, Ashley (Austin) Boyer, Natalie Boyer, Jacob and Katelyn O'Brien; mother, Catherine Peterson; brother, Tom Peterson; sisters, Karen (John) Harris, Patricia (Greg) Schueneman and Cathy (Chuck) Koeneke.
He was preceded in death by his father.
A memorial fund has been established.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Chuck and his family. Condolences may be left at

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Published in Cedar Valley Times on Jun. 17, 2020.
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June 19, 2020
I worked with one of his granddaughters, Ashley Boyer, she spoke of Mr. Peterson often. Always with kind words. He will be missed. My deepest condolences.
Tresa Johnson
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