Albert Joseph "Pete" Peterson
1933 - 2007
Albert Joseph "Pete" Peterson, 73, a retired owner of P&M Tire of San Antonio, Irving and Midlothian, died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Hannibal.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Gordon. Burial: New Gordon Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn.

Memorials: Since Pete believed in "giving them their flowers before they die," in lieu of flowers, the family requests you sow God's seeds of love that will multiply and spread the Lord's bouquet.

Pete was a cattle rancher in Hannibal and retired owner of P&M Tire of San Antonio, Irving and Midlothian. The earth mover tire business took him throughout the world and the U.S., but he enjoyed most his time sitting on the front porch watching his cattle, serving up beans and brisket, and sharing the Lord. What he can do, what he has done, and what he promises to do; Pete is now standing in those promises.

Pete was preceded in death by his mother when he was 4 months old; his father; aunt; brothers, Billy, Bobby and Richard Peterson; and baby son, David.

Pallbearers: Jim, Ricky and Robert Peterson, Larry Weishner, Bud Mayo, and Troye Thorton. Honorary pallbearers are Jack McQuorter and Aubrey Gregory.

Survivors: Wife, Ouida Finch Peterson; brother, Charlie Peterson of San Antonio; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Joanie Peterson of Ovilla and Gerald and Betty Peterson of Hannibal; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Donnie Grimes of Maypearl, Rebecca and Larry Weishner of Irving, Shelly and Jeff Van Epps of Carrollton; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a multitude of unofficial adopted kids Pete helped raise.

Published by Star-Telegram on Mar. 29, 2007.
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Joanie & Stephen & Family,

we were saddened to hear of your loss, but share with you the knowledge that he has gone to help build YOUR mansion so it will be ready for you when you get there - our thoughts and prayers are with you all -

love, Sandi & Johnny
Sandi & Johnny Grant
April 10, 2007
Ouida, I love you and thank you so much for loving dad and for making him so happy. It was such a comfort knowing that he had you in his life, you are truly a wonderful, blessed by the Lord person, and I am so glad that you are in my life as well. Please let me know if ever I can do anything for you.

I am overwhelmed and comforted to know that my Dad made such an impact on so many people. What a Legacy he leaves behind. I am inspired to pick up the torch and to continue where he left off. I miss him, and have my own issues to deal with in his passing. But I feel closer to him than I ever have and it gives me great peace to know that he is in Heaven watching over me and guiding me, and preparing my Mansion in Heaven. Dad, thanks for all that you have given your family and all that knew you. I want to live my life lead by the Lord. I thank our GOD in Heaven for giving you to us and for the way that you lived your life in his LOVE, how you wanted everyone you knew to share in that same spiritual love and relationship with our father that you had. Besides Jesus I can not think of anyone else besides my earthly fathers that I would want on my side, praying for me, blessing me, lifting me up to our father. Thank you and I love you.
Shelly Peterson (Van Epps)
April 5, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007

shelly Van Epps
April 5, 2007
April 5, 2007
April 5, 2007
We were sad to hear of Pete's passing, but we know that it was really a "home going" for him & that's what he had looked forward to. Though we wish that we had had the opportunity of becoming close friends with him, it was an honor just knowing him the short time that we did. He was a remarkable person.
I have a plaque in my home that is comforting to me & that I think of when I see someone that is loved & thought of as Pete. It says "When someone that you love becomes a memory than those memeories become treasures". I know that he is certainly treasured by his family & friends.
Gerald & I pray for his family that God would give them peace & bless each one of them.
Shannon Richie
April 4, 2007
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Stephens father. we extend our condolences to the family
Buddy & Nancy Clements
April 3, 2007
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Had we known sooner, we would have been there with you. If there is anything we can do, please give us a call. I know Pepaw was loved by all!!
cindi & Rickey Sliger
April 3, 2007
I wish our family could have known Pete. You should take comfort that Buddy carries his spirit. From what I can gather, Buddy and Pete were a lot alike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Champeau Family
Daniel Champeau
April 2, 2007
My dear Ouida, you and A.J. always made us feel so comfortable and treated us like family. We are so grateful that we were able to know him and enjoy his many stories. He was a man who was truly at peace with his life and his Lord. We thank Jim and Zona for introducing us to both of you.
We love you.
Betsy Milyo
April 2, 2007
I remember my "Texas Uncle A.J." as the man that taught me how to properly deep-fry fish and hang hummingbird feeders. Through him I learned a lot about healthy eating and outwardly worshipping the Lord.
Thomas Milyo
April 2, 2007
All of our Love to the Peterson Family, kin-folks, and friends.

Lana & I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family for the passing of Pete. Our prayers are now for the family to recover from this temporary loss.

We were just thinking of the 73 years Pete spent here on Earth. He was a Son, a Father, a Grandfather, and even a Great-Grandfather. It's not difficult to understand the tremendous grief we are all currently experiencing with his passing. He had indeed touched many lives. Some of us consider him as one of the most influential and powerful person in our life.

Pete was also a very kind and considerate person. We could always turn to him for any kind of help. He gave us simple friendly advise, financial guidance, religious support and understanding, and sometimes just some good old fellowship. Pete was always there for us. You could depend on Pete for a helping hand, a pat on the back, a smile of acceptance, a word of encouragement, or even a simple kick in the butt to get us moving. He possessed the special gift of love and understanding that was contagious to all he touched. He touched us, as I'm sure he touched many.

The more I think about it, I truly believe Pete was a true friend to everyone he met. He would always answer you, no matter if you called him AJ, Pete, Albert, or Mr. Peterson. Without hesistation he would respond with a big old Texas smile. Which bring me back to when I mentioned Pete as being just "temporary loss". The way I see it, the 73 years Pete lived, broken down in terms of the speed of light, is equal to approximately 2.3 Billion miles (light year miles). Althought is may seem like a lot, it's only a very small twinkle of time. Nothing more than a small drop of rain sitting the pedal of a flower, or a grain of sand along the beach. As did Pete, we too will soon eventually succumb to life on earth as we know it. Afterwards, we will also bask in the eternal twilight of Heaven forever. A place and time of no dimensions, no pain, no sorrow.

So let's not grieve too long for Pete. let's be happy and thankful for the time we had with him here on Earth. When we looked at his body in the casket, it contained only his remains, a temporary vehcile. His soul is now with God.

So don't cry anymore. We celebrate the birth of life when we come into this world. Therefore, we should also celebrate Pete's new life in the garden of Heaven. As you read this message, Pete is still being greeted by his long lost loved ones such as his Son, his Parents, his Grandparents, Great-Grandparents and so on. All are waiting for their chance to reunite with him. As in time, I'm sure Pete will be waiting for us.

You want to know the truth? I strongly believe Pete would want it that way. Knowing Pete as I do, he's looking down at us wanting to see our smiles, our happiness. I'm sure he wants you to continue where he left off. As with God, he is waiting for you with open loving arms.

Yes my friends, Pete will always be missed. We will never face a day without thinking of him. Unfortunately, when someone we love leaves us, we mostly think of the sad times, or the times we may have mentally hurt them. It's only human nature to think that way.

However, We must learn to belief in God, believe in the after life that awaits us. We begin by accentuating the positive. We must learn to accept the things we can't change, the knowledge to know the difference from right and wrong, and the courage to stand up and choose the correct course of action.

Bottom Line: We must all learn to live as true brothers and sisters, believing and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior. We all will miss Pete today, and tomorrow. His absence will follow us to our own grave. I know how you must feel, I too miss my Daughter, my Parents, and Grandparents.

Just remember, only the love of Jesus Christ, coupled with the love of each other will make us stronger and keep us together.

Love Forever & May Godspeed,

Mike & Lana Summers
Michael Summers
April 2, 2007
I only met him once, just a few months ago. I know some of the family and love them as my own. He was a wonderful example of God's love and touched so many lives. He was a leading example what we are commanded to do. His crown in heaven will be filled will jewels and he will be rewarded for his kingdom's service!
Rhonda Kirby
April 2, 2007
Oudia, You will always have a special place in our heart as Pepaw did. We are here for you and love very much. May the Lord be with you.
Stacy Peterson
April 2, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss.

Keri Turner
Keri Turner
April 2, 2007
Dad, I Loved you so very much. You were the closest thing I knew as a Dad. I will miss sharing all my stories & my Dreams or God's signs that he always seems to Bless me with, you would always help me interpet them & we would both cry & talk of the Love God & Jesus has for us & everyone. How we both prayed that we walk, talk & be as Jesus & how we could just have people look at us & say I want to be just like that & have the "Happiness & Joy" they have in the Lord! I remember you were looking at me just a couple of weeks ago & telling me the end is near & this is the year to get your life in order & we both cried & agreed. I told you that I had heard several other preachers say that & Stephen & I also felt the same way. I remember looking at you & thinking that day you were so convicted of God & Jesus & their Love & you were ready to go home to see them.I pray when my day comes I too will be as you. I will be looking for signs of YOU from "Heaven"! I WILL see you again at "Heaven's"gate! Via Con Dias!
Joanie Peterson
April 2, 2007
April 2, 2007
Peterson Family, I just learned about your loss. Steve and Joanie and their family have been long time friends of ours although over the last few years we haven't been in touch near enough. My heart sank when I read that Steve's father had passed. There were several occasions when we were invited to spend time with your family which was a true honor. I can honestly say the he was blessed with a fine, loving family that I am proud to call my friends.
Ronny Randall
April 2, 2007
My prayers go out to your family.
Theresa Gentile
April 2, 2007
Kay Osborn
April 2, 2007
Ouida, so sorry to hear of your loss. We hope it comforts you to know your family and friends are all praying for you and are available to help you in any way you may need. God loves you and so do we! "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones." Psalm 116:15 NAS
Love and Prayers,
Thomas and Kay McAfee
Kay McAfee
March 30, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Jennifer Alt
March 29, 2007
We are sorry for the loss your family has experienced in AJ's passing, and happy with you in knowing where he spends eternity!
We love you, Jim and Zona!
Kevin, Dana, Keller and CJ Milyo
March 29, 2007
Ouida, Stephen, Gerald, Debra, Rebecca, Shelly and everyone else, We send Our LOVE for each of you.
Philippians 4: 6 - 7
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (New American Standard)
Uncle AJ was loved here on earth by everyone and now he is being loved with his Father in Heaven. AJ told me that he will say "Howdy" to my Dad, his brother (Richard) for us.
Jim & Zona
Jim & Zona Peterson
March 29, 2007
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