Chester Carl Peterson

Chester Carl "Pete" Peterson

Chester Carl "Pete" Peterson was born on August 12, 1918, in New Windsor, Ill. His parents, Carl Edward Leonard and Ida Anderson Peterson emigrated from Sweden in 1901.

His family was musically inclined. His mother and a grandfather played violin, two of his sisters played the piano and organ, and for his own enjoyment he played the guitar and musical saw by ear. As a young man he played a musical saw duet with a friend for WLS Radio Barn Dance in Chicago and appeared with George Gobel. In Illinois he worked in the John Deere machine shop.

During his service with the 96th Division he was stationed at Camp Adair and Camp White. During WWII many soldiers spent leisure time at the ice skating rink in Medford. That is where he met his future wife, Marjorie. He married Marjorie Gleason on December 28, 1947 in the Medford Presbyterian Church.

The 96th went to the South Pacific and he was wounded during the Okinawa invasion, where he received the Purple Heart and other medals. He spent many months recuperating in the hospital at Scofield Barracks in Hawaii.

Upon returning to Illinois he received training with Western Electric. He returned to Oregon and spent 33 years working for Pacific Power and Light in Medford and retired in 1982.

Their children are Rita and Timothy Camp of Thorne Bay, Alaska, Lorelei and Shawn Weatherford of Medford and Wayne and Pam Peterson of Clackamas, Ore. They have seven grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two grandsons, three sisters and his parents.

He collected and recorded hundreds of records and videos, which he shared with family and friends. He polished rocks and displayed them for years at Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral shows. He was an avid reader.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be to Eastwood Baptist Church Library Fund, 675 N. Keeneway Drive, Medford or Diabetic Education at Providence Hospital, #300-1698 E. McAndrews Road, Medford.

The memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 31st, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Perl Funeral Home at Siskiyou Memorial Park.

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