Dec. 2, 1920-March 4, 2007
No service will be held for Albert William Peterson, 86, of Lakeside.
Albert was born Dec. 2, 1920, in Portland, the son of Albert and Violet (Hays) Peterson. He died March 4, 2007, at his home in Lakeside.
Albert lived with his parents and sister in Portland through his 10th-grade school year. He entered active duty in the U.S. Army on Aug. 10, 1942. He served in the Aleutian Islands and later in Germany after the Battle of the Bulge. He wrote a book about his Army experience.
Albert worked in landscaping and dreamed of owning his own tree farm. He also loved ballroom dancing and in December of 1950, he won a bronze medal from the international school of ballroom dancing. He also won the Arthur Murray silver medal in June of 1952.
Albert lived in the Charleston area briefly before moving to Lakeside to care for his ailing mother. After her death, he chose to remain in Lakeside. He did woodworking, creating miniature log buildings, such as a model of the original U.S. Forestry building in Portland, a parade of various army trucks, planes, and a small church with a bell tower, the original of which had its bell shipped around the Horn. Albert had many friends and will be deeply missed.
Albert is survived by his sister, Lydia Mulkey of North Bend; his niece, Christine Boedigheimer of Mt. Angel, and her two sons; and his nephew, Jonathan Mulkey of Tigard, and his daughter and three sons.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 267-3131.
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Published in The World from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2007.