|John H. Peterson, 1546 N. Cedar St., Galesburg, Ill., son of the late Howard V. Peterson and Edith C. Peterson, died at his home July 28, 2012 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
He was born in Galesburg on June 7, 1948. He married Darlyn R. Geeseman August 23, 1974 and is survived by his wife and one daughter, Kristi (Chadwick) Forsythe of Geneseo, Ill. He is also survived by grandsons, Boone and Sawyer Forsythe; brother, Richard V. (Nancy) Peterson, Normal, Ill.; and nephew, Matthew (Tresha) Peterson of Bloomington, Ill.
He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1966 and Chicago Technical College in 1970. He spent two years in the U.S. Army stationed in the eighth infantry division Administrative Company in Bad Kreuznach, Germany where he attained the rank of specialist 5th class and was in charge of all enlisted. He was later promoted from private to staff sergeant for the division. He worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation as a civil engineer in Peoria District 4 and retired after 32 years in December of 2002. He later worked part-time for Bruner, Cooper, and Zuck until August of 2004 when his health declined and the pulmonary fibrosis put him on oxygen 24/7. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and loved working on his house and yard, making design changes and improvements. He was the proud owner of a classic 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 and enjoyed attending car shows, where he won numerous awards over the years.
He was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church serving as president of the Board of Trustees, president of the Methodist Men, and helped with the redesign of the sanctuary.
Visitation will be Monday, August 6, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. and funeral services will be held on Tuesday August 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Rick Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen Avenue, Suite 204 Chicago, IL 60642-2642 or www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.