Charles R. "Charlie" Peterson
1933 - 2019
BORN
1933
DIED
2019
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Charles R. "Charlie" Peterson

Loveland - Charles R. "Charlie" Peterson died on June 21, 2019. He was born in a six-bed physician's hospital in Loveland, Colorado, on May 7, 1933 to Ariastene Dana and John E. "Pete" Peterson. He graduated from Loveland High School as the student body president in 1951, attended Drake University for two years and earned a BS from the CU School of Pharmacy in 1955.

Charlie married Glenda Sue Edmonds in 1952. She died in 1961 and he raised his three children as a single parent, with the help of grandmothers, housekeepers and unsuspecting friends for fourteen years. In 1975 he married Susan Reale Peterson.

When he was barely 22 years old he owned his first pharmacy, Golden Drug. In 1957 he moved to Greeley where he owned and operated Campus Pharmacy until 1969. He began his real estate career as an avocation in Greeley; building, buying and selling houses on small acreages. He was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the State Board of Pharmacy and was its President in 1973. After selling his store, he packed up his family and various ponies, horses, cats, dogs, and farm equipment and moved to his beloved Red Granite Ranch in rural Livermore. He and his kids drove the 40+ mile one-way-trip every day to school and for afterschool activities, no matter how deep the snow. . He worked part time at independent Fort Collins pharmacies, maintaining his Pharmacy license for 48 years. In 1969 he joined the Nicol Realty team, and shortly thereafter, he, Larry McCrery and Harold Fisher became partners in F&M Real Estate. In 1987 he started Peterson Company Real Estate, specializing in retail pharmacies and farms, ranches and bare land. At the time of his death, he was an active real estate broker.

Growing up in rural Loveland, he never lost his love of agriculture. He had a milk cow, four 4H Catch-It-Calves, and as many as 1000 chickens at a time. When he was ten, during WWII, he raised a Victory Garden and had a commercial "chicken route" selling fryers and eggs. He had steers and horses and a dog or two always by his side. He credited his activities in 4H, the Boy Scouts and his parents for his work ethic and completing a job well done. He learned about service to others when he was 8, going to the Loveland Internment Camp for Italian POWs and handing out cigarettes and his mother's homemade cookies through the fences on Sundays. He worked at his dad's Pharmacy when he was young, earning ten cents an hour washing dishes in the soda fountain. In the summers during high school he picked cherries, worked in the Cherry Factory and planted trees for the BLM.

The major leagues were never in his future, nor was Hollywood or Jeopardy. Whether it was track, wrestling, football or basketball, school plays or student government, he was always a contributor, competitor and teammate.

His father having been a Rotarian, and with no Rotary Club in Golden, he joined the local Lions Club. Shortly after moving to Greeley, on February 8, 1958, he joined the Rotary Club of Greeley. In 1970, he joined the Rotary Club of Fort Collins and subsequently, the Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast. He was a Club President and District Governor of Rotary International District 5440. Rotary became his passion and his family. His ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit led to projects all over the world as well as in Fort Collins through Rotary. His fundraising and salesmanship were unmatched; notably selling hundreds of boxes of peaches to fund a club project that has brought 30,000 dictionaries to third graders in PSD. Whenever there was a cause in need of a champion, Charlie would meet the challenge. Even when his physical limitations made it more difficult, he was there as the biggest cheerleader. He was referred to often as the energizer bunny. His high ethical standards were always evident in how he conducted his business dealings. He was an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and lived by Rotary's motto, 'Service Above Self', but more importantly by it's Four Way Test: Is it the TRUTH? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

He loved his CSU Rams, especially Women's Basketball and Volleyball.

He was a man of great faith and loved his Wednesday morning men's Bible Group. They gave him strength during his physical challenges, especially in the last few months.

Charlie was predeceased by his older brother, J. William "Bill" Peterson . He is survived by his wife, Susan, his sister, Nancy Peterson (Bob) Josserand, his children; Gary (Judy) Peterson, Bruce (Whitney) Peterson and Dana Belinski, six grandchildren; Dani Belinski, Chelsea (Brandon) Mossberg, Troy, Max and Amy Peterson, and Mariah Peterson as well as three great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to The Rotary Foundation or The Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast Charitable Foundation. Either should be sent to PO Box 272728, Fort Collins, CO, 80527.

A memorial service will be held at Timberline Church, 2908 South Timberline Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525 on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11:30 AM.

A luncheon reception at the church will follow.

Family and friends may visit www.allnuttftcollins.com to share memories or leave a message of condolence for the family.





Published by Coloradoan from Jun. 30 to Jul. 7, 2019.
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It was 1990, I was 10 years old and my family and I were flying from London to Orlando via Newark. I sat next to a lovely friendly couple and we chatted a lot throughout the 8 hour flight. Before we got off the plane, the jolly white haired man gave me his rotary card and said 'if ever you're in Colorado, drop in!' That was Charlie. And thus began an amazing friendship that lasted almost 29 years despite the distance between us. When I was 16 years old, my best friend and I took Charlie up on his offer and we dropped into Colorado, spending two amazing weeks on Charlie and Susan's beautiful ranch, celebrating 4th July and visiting all their friends and family, including their granddaughter Dani who has also been a great friend over the years. After I got married in 2009, Charlie, Susan and Dani came to visit me in London and meet my husband and we had a fantastic few days shopping in Harrods, eating in Covent garden and visiting other popular London sights. My only regret is that I didn't manage to get back to Colorado in time for Charlie to meet my two children. He was a wonderful man and I am hugely sad and sorry for his family, especially Susan, Dani and Chelsea. He will be forever in my thoughts and memories. Sleep well Charlie, love Emma xxx
Emma Heath
July 6, 2019
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who binds up the broken-hearted comforts all who mourn sustain your family during this challenging time.(Isaiah 61: 1,2.) Sincerely.
July 6, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences. May God bring everlasting comfort to your hearts and give you the strength to endure this difficult time.
(2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
July 5, 2019
Emma Heath
July 3, 2019
I did not know Charlie Peterson personally.
However, after reading this story of his life and seeing his picture, I realize that I did know Charlie, very personally, threw my longtime friendship with his son, Bruce.
Bruce, you carry your Dad's honor, respect, and legacy of how to be a great man!
Jack Zelkin
JACK ZELKIN
July 2, 2019
I did not know Charlie Peterson personally.
However, after reading this story of his life and seeing his picture, I realize that I did know Charlie, very personally, threw my longtime friendship with his son, Bruce.
Bruce, you carry your Dad's honor, respect, and legacy of how to be a great man!
Jack Zelkin
July 2, 2019
I did not know Charlie Peterson personally.
However, after reading this story of his life and seeing his picture, I realize that I did know Charlie, very personally, threw my longtime friendship with his son, Bruce.
Bruce, you carry your Dad's honor, respect, and legacy of how to be a great man!
JACK ZELKIN
July 2, 2019
With our long-time friendship with Charlie's son, Bruce, Charlie was always very kind to Loretta and me. During our visits to the ranch, Charlie always made us feel so welcome and part of the family, as he did with all of his guests. He had a great run and his smile will be missed. Our condolences to the entire family.
Brian and Loretta Martens
Brian Martens
July 1, 2019
Though out the years and our friendship with his son Bruce , Charlie was always very kind to Loretta and me. Our times at the ranch we were always welcomed and felt we were special which was Charlie's way of making you feel part of his family. He had a great run and he will be missed, our condolences to the family, he had a great smile.
Take Care
Brian Martens
July 1, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Peterson family. Charlie was a great individual and an excellent boss. He is responsible for helping me as well as many other students in getting through college by providing employment at his Campus Pharmacy in Greeley Colorado. We all have lost a true friend.
Tom Davis
July 1, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends. May you find comfort in knowing that God cares for you and will help during this difficult time (1Peter 5:6,7).
M. D.
June 29, 2019
My prayers along with my sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Peterson. In this difficult time may you gain some comfort from the promises found In Gods word.
( Jo5:28,29)
Bryson
June 28, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My warmest condolences go out to the family and friends of Charles. May the God of all grant you peace and strength during this difficult time. (Psalms 119: 76)
Gurnell Williams
June 28, 2019
My condolences to the family. It is never easy to lose a loved one in death, but know that God sees and feel your pain and he promises to comfort you. ( Isa 26:19
June 28, 2019
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