Long-time valley resident Perry (Pete) Peterson, 94, passed away peacefully March 6, 2018 at his Medford foster home with his family at his bedside.
Perry and his wife, Ann, retired to their Williams ranch in 1980 after his distinguished career in the United States government. Perry, born and raised in Omaha, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps immediately out of high school in 1942 to become a B-26 bombardier/navigator in Europe. During World War II, he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with multiple oak leaf clusters, and two Purple Heart medals before being shot down over France and taken prisoner by the Germans in 1944.
After the war, Perry earned a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and then went on to serve 30 years as a United States diplomat for the United States Information Agency, with assignments in Germany, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, and India. In retirement in Williams and later Medford, he pursued his loves for his family, grandchildren, ranch, and golf.