Tulsa - Bruce Peterson, 98, of Tulsa passed away early morning on Friday, April 23, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville. Visitation will be held at the Davis Family Funeral Home & Crematory – Walker Brown Chapel 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. the same day.
Bruce Peterson was the second of three children born to Roy A. and Lelah Peterson at their rural home near Berthoud, CO. He received his elementary schooling at the nearby Lakeview Grade School, then continued his high school education at Loveland High School. After graduating, he enrolled at Colorado A&M College in Fort Collins, CO. He served in the Army from 1945 until his honorable discharged in 1946. After the war he returned to Colorado A&M and graduated in 1948 with a mechanical engineer degree.
He began his working career as a training engineer with Phillips Petroleum in Odessa, TX, in July 1948. After completing his training, he was transferred to Borger, TX. He later transferred to a new job in Bartlesville, OK. After 37 years of service, he retired from Phillips Petroleum in 1985.
He and Velma Lorraine Foiles were united in marriage on June 14, 1944. To them were born four children: Marilyn, David, Dennis, and Barbara. Bruce and Velma were involved in many youth activities: Boy and Girl Scouts, baseball, swimming, basketball. Bruce spent 45 years on the Property Committee at the First United Methodist Church and several years on the Water Resources Committee of Bartlesville. After retiring, Velma and Bruce spent many years traveling, golfing, gardening, and participating in many volunteer groups.
He is survived by daughter Marilyn and husband Tom Logan of Golden, CO; son David Peterson and wife Linda of The Woodlands, TX; son Dennis Peterson and wife Peggy of Bixby, OK; and daughter Barbara and husband Richard Blanchard of Tulsa. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Bruce's family will receive friends at the Davis Family Funeral Home & Crematory – Walker Brown Chapel, 918-333-7665, 4201 Nowata Rd, Bartlesville, on Thursday, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. on Thursday, at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home & Crematory – Walker Brown Chapel. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com