Peterson, Albert E.
West Rutland, VT: Albert (Al) E. Peterson 86, formerly of Owego, NY died Friday afternoon February 4, 2011 at Rutland Healthcare & Rehab after a period of declining health. He was born April 12, 1924 in Proctor, Vermont, the son of the late Harry & Ethel Peterson. He was a 1942 graduate of Proctor High School and Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial College of Technology (Clarkson University), School of Engineering. He was a United States Army Veteran and served with Company C, 101st Engineer Combat Battalion, 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division in WW II. He took part in the invasion of Europe at Utah Beach and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He enrolled in ROTC during college. He achieved 1st Lieutenant rank in the Korean War, serving with 981st Engineer Construction Battalion, Company A.
Al and Gerry lived and grew their family in Connecticut where Al was employed as an engineer at General Electric, The Torrington Co., Columbia Bicycles, and Aerotherm Industries. In 1960 Al went to work for IBM Federal Systems Division as an Industrial Engineer in Owego NY where he worked until his retirement in 1986. His family joined him in 1961 and after moving three times every 2 years, settled at 65 Front Street in Owego where they lived until 2002. He was an active member of the Owego United Methodist Church for 40 years and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He was a member and Past Master of Friendship Lodge # 153 Free & Accepted Masons and Past Patron of the Onyx Chapter #196 Order of the Eastern Star. Al and his wife moved "back to Vermont" in 2002 to be near their daughter. He became a member of the Rutland United Methodist Church and of the Gilman Chapter # 88 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Rutland American Legion Post # 31 and while a life-long Republican, was active with the Rutland County Democrats for a short time. Devoted to his family and his church, Al lived a life of example to others. His legacy of love, duty and faithfulness lives on. He is survived by his wife Geraldine (Gerry) Peterson who he married October 18, 1947 in Pulteney, NY; his two sons, Eric Peterson & his wife Barbara, of Nichols, NY; Mark Peterson & his wife Joann, of Nichols, NY; by his daughter, Ellen Walker, of West Rutland, VT; by his ten grandchildren, his five great-grandchildren and his cousin, Laurel McMahon of Rutland, VT. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Harry E. Peterson and several cousins including Albert E. Oberg of Horseheads, NY. Memorial services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Owego, NY on Saturday May 7th at 11 am. Reception in the church hall will follow. A service was held in Vermont in April. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Lodge # 153 - c/o Mark Titus at 1114 State Road, Rte. 38B Newark Valley, NY 13811 and to the Owego United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ducharme Funeral Home in Castleton, VT. www.ducharmefuneralhome.com
Published by Press & Sun-Bulletin on Mar. 19, 2011.