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Orville Walter Peterson

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Orville Walter PETERSON October 22, 1922~April 21, 2011 After 88 well-lived years Orville Peterson went to be with the Lord on April 21, 2011. Orville was born in Fairlight, Saskatchewan, Canada, while his parents were up from the states helping work the family farm. He was oldest of five children born to Carl and Rose Peterson. Orville lived in many cities in Washington and Oregon. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1941 and then served his country in the US Army during WWII. He served over seas in Germany, Czechoslovakia, France and Japan. Being discharged from the army, he went to work for Heater Glove in Columbia City where he met the love of his life, Donna Anderson. They were mar ried on August 23, 1947. He and Donna bought a home in Skyway where they raised four children: Lynda Paulsen (Fritz), Barbara Dena (Sal), Leslie Belmondo (Jeff) and Brian (LoriAnn, Denise). Orville was a diesel mechanic and worked for many years at A.H. Cox, Rental Machinery and finally retir ing from Star Machinery in 1989. He also served as water commissioner for Water District #69 for many years. Orville and Donna worked hard to provide a loving and stable home for their children. He taught his children the value of family, hard work, responsibility and to be thank ful. He was always available to help friends and neighbors and he was very proud of his country and flew his Unit ed States flag every day. Orville was active in bowling leagues, golfing, camping, coaching little league and soccer, a member of Skyway Metho dist Church and a lifetime member of the VFW. After retirement Orville and Donna built a home on Lake Sawyer in Black Diamond, WA. They enjoyed traveling and took many cruises, trips to Hawaii and several cross country road trips. Orville is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and his beloved son, Brian. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, nine grandchil dren and many great-grandchildren. A military service for Orville will be held on Friday, April 29th at 10:30 a.m. at the Tahoma National Ceme tery in Kent, WA followed by a cele bration of his life at 12:30 p. m. at Skyway VFW in Skyway, WA. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Orville's honor to the Skyway VFW Post #9430 building fund. Orville will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 27, 2011
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