WEST RUTLAND - Albert E. "Al" Peterson, 86, died Feb. 4, 2011, at Rutland Healthcare & Rehab, after a period of declining health.
He was born April 12, 1924, in Proctor, the son of Harry and Ethel (Peterson) Peterson.
He was a graduate of Proctor High School and Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial College of Technology (Clarkson University), School of Engineering.
Mr. Peterson was a U.S. Army veteran and served with Company C, 101st Engineers, 26th Infantry Division in World War II, in the invasion of Europe at Mohawk Beach and the Battle of the Bulge. He also served as a 2nd lieutenant, Yankee Division, in the Korean War.
He was employed as an engineer at General Electric, Columbia Bicycles, Aerotherm Industries, and in 1960, went to work for IBM Federal Systems Division as an industrial engineer at Owego, N.Y., until retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Owego United Methodist Church, Rutland United Methodist Church, Gilman Chapter #88 Order of the Eastern Star, Rutland American Legion Post #31 and past master of Friendship Lodge #153 Free & Accepted Masons. He was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and active with the Rutland County Democrats.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine "Gerry" Peterson, whom he married Oct. 18, 1947, in Pulteney, N.Y.; two sons, Eric and Mark Peterson, both of Nichols, N.Y.; a daughter, Ellen Wakker of West Rutland; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and a cousin.
Mr. Peterson was predeceased by an aunt; a brother, Harry Peterson; and several cousins.
The memorial service will be held at a later date in Rutland and in Owego, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gilman Chapter #88 OES, in care of Clara Classens, 5 General Wing Road, Apt. 106, Rutland, VT 05701; Friendship Lodge #153, in care of Mark Titus, 1114 State Road, Route 38B, Newark Valley, NY 13811; Lutheran Church in Proctor, Vt., Rutland United Methodist Church or Owego United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ducharme Funeral Home in Castleton. www.ducharmefuneralhome.com