Peterson, Robert W.

Robert W. Peterson, 91, of New Windsor, Illinois died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Unity-Point Trinity in Rock Island, IL. Services are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial is in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Kewanee where graveside military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home where memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, Henderson Grove, Galesburg, IL. Online condolences can be made at

Robert was born December 4, 1922 in New Windsor to Frank and Hilma Johnson Peterson. He graduated from East Moline High School. He married A. Geraldine Hanchett Dixon August 12, 1972 in Henderson Grove, Illinois. She died June 23, 2003.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving from 1942 to 1946. Robert was awarded four Overseas Service Bars, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Robert farmed in the New Windsor area and also worked at Flick’s Home Center in Moline, IL. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Henderson Grove, IL and a 50 year member of the American Legion Post 484, where he served on the Drill Team.

Robert is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his wife and siblings, Raymond Peterson, Mildred Fostrom, Pauline Pheiffer, Wilma Oglebay, Alice Flick and Mary Lou Peterson.