Kenneth Peterson

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Kenneth Lloyd Peterson
June 1, 1927 - December 21, 2014
Kenneth Lloyd Peterson, a deeply loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Dec. 21 at his home in Nampa at the age of 87.
Kenny was one of 11 children, born June 1, 1927, in Edmunds, North Dakota. His family moved to Nampa during the Dust Bowl so his father could find work. The entire family lived in a tent and picked potatoes until they could afford to rent a small house.
After Kenny finished eighth grade, he started working to help support the family. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17, serving from 1944-52.
Kenny met the love of his life, Betty Fullerton, when they were both 15. They married in 1950 and raised five children.
Kenny supported his family as an insulator with the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers, which took him all over the western United States, until he retired in 1989. He bought the family's first home in Idaho Falls.
The family moved back to Nampa in 1970, where Kenny would spend the rest of his days. In the 70's he bought land in Donnelly and built a family cabin, where they made many fun memories.
Kenny enjoyed playing cards with family on Sunday evenings, competing on bowling leagues, barbecuing and eating breakfast at Sunrise Inn. He was generous with his time, money and opinions. He looked out for everyone, saying "Call me when you get there," to make sure you had arrived safely.
A caring husband, devoted father and world-class grandpa, Kenny was the family's steady foundation. He had a knack for bringing people together, thanks in part to his quick wit and snarky sense of humor. He joked to the end, making his nurses and doctors laugh.
Kenny arrived way too early anywhere he went. Now it seems he's left us too early, but with joyful memories. He will be dearly missed.
Kenny leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Betty Peterson; his daughters, Jan Emmons, Darlene Laws, and Roxanna Tucker; as well as eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three dogs. He was preceded in death by his sons, Bobby and Dale (Pete) Peterson; and two grandsons, Spencer Emmons and Caleb Tucker. Kenny is also leaving behind his sister, Barbara Sample of Michigan, and was preceded in death by nine siblings, and many wonderful friends.
The family will hold a service to celebrate Kenny's life at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel in Nampa, 404 10th Ave. S. Memories and Condolences can be shared at www.alsipfuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 8, 2015
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