|A. Raymond Peterson, age 84, of Knoxville, Illinois died on Monday, January 18, 2010 at 12:36 P.M. at OSF Saint Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born on January 19, 1925 in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of William and Anna Montgomery Peterson.
He married Mary Jane Bushong on January 11, 1948 in Knoxville, Illinois.
She preceded him in death on December 5, 1997.
Son: Dennis Peterson of Knoxville, Illinois
Grandchildren: Christopher Peterson, Gerry (Randy) Tinkham, Joy (Rob) Link, and Larry Morrison
Seven Great Grandchildren
Sister: Jane Lafollette of Knoxville, Illinois
Brother: Bill Peterson of Andalusia, Illinois
Preceded in death by parents; wife; three sisters: Ruth, Louise and Audrey and three brothers: Earle, Frank and John
He was raised and educated in Knoxville, Illinois attending Knoxville High School.
He served in the United States Army from May 4, 1943 until December 8, 1945 during World War II. He was a mechanic and received four Overseas Service Bars; World War II Victory Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon With Three Bronze Battle Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.
He worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad; worked with his father as a contractor; drove semi trailer for the former Carlson Services in Knoxville, Illinois; was part owner of Peterson-Chism Trucking; was fireman and security guard for the former Galesburg Research Hospital and did lawn care for the City of Knoxville.
He was of the Methodist faith.
He was a 64-year member of the Knoxville Fire Department and past commander of the Harry Philblad American Legion Post #749 of Knoxville, Illinois.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Burial in Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, Illinois with Military Rites conducted by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285 of Galesburg, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the Family.
Online condolences may be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.