John Malcolm Peterson

John Malcolm Peterson

John Malcolm Peterson, who died on Sept. 22, 2009 in Cedar Hill, Texas, (he was 88) was born in Hays, Kansas, on Aug. 12, 1921, the son of Malcolm Peterson and Minnie Mischke (Peterson). He grew up on a farm near Monument, Logan County, Kans. He graduated from Page City (Kansas) High School in 1938 and as a Summerfield scholar received a B.S. in Business from the University of Kansas in 1942.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from September 1942 to December 1945 in the United States and North Africa. After discharge from the Army, he returned to the University of Kansas where he received an M.A. in Political Science in 1947. After one year as an instructor at the University of North Dakota, he entered the federal service in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Treasury Department. In 1952, he moved to the U.S. Department of Defense and served there as a budget and program officer until retirement in 1974. On May 17, 1952, he married Frances R. Bailey, a U.S. Treasury Department employee, in Washington, D.C. She survives of the home.

After both retired they moved to a rural home in Douglas County and in 1992 moved into the city of Lawrence at 2756 Chipperfield Road. Two years ago, they moved to Crescent Place in Cedar Hill, Texas to be closer to Mrs. Peterson's relatives. Other survivors include sister, Justine Kloepper, of Medford, Ore.; and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

At the rural home, John spent much time raising vegetables, maintaining the yard, cutting fire wood and keeping bees. His volunteer work centered around two major interests - history and archeology. At the Watkins Community Museum he served as a volunteer "archivist/curator" from 1976, served on the Board of Directors for about 10 years and was on the Management Committee for two years or so. He was a long time member of both the Douglas County and Kansas State Historical Societies and was a frequent contributor to Kansas History. He also authored the book John G. Haskell, Pioneer Kansas Architect. He became a member of the Kansas Anthropological Association in 1975 and has participated in many "digs" and surveys. Other volunteer work includes Volunteer Clearing House and Trinity Lutheran Church where he was as member.

Memorial services are at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville, Texas. John will be interred in the Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence. Memorial services in Lawrence are 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church. A light lunch will be served after the service.

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