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August 19, 2004

Joseph Norman Peterson (10/9/1926–8/14/2004)
(12/10/1923 – 8/11/2004)



Joseph Norman Peterson, 77, of Wyaconda died Saturday evening, August 14, 2004, at his home.

He was born the son of Coleman Oliver and Ola (Goodson) Peterson on October 9, 1926 in Clark County, MO, near Wyaconda.

Joe married Ruth Martella Lowenstein on March 7, 1947. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2001.

They were the parents of four children: Floyd Wayne Peterson, Darlene Ruth Peterson, Joseph Lee Peterson, and Steven Scott Peterson. He was a loving father to his children.

He married Isabel Price on April 21, 2002.

Joe served in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Tanquier, USS Cumberland Sound, and the USS Pine Island.

After the war he was employed at John Deere in Ankeny, IA, from March 31, 1959 before retiring on September 30, 1987. Joe was also employed by the Santa Fe Railroad at Baring (MO) and Electra Metals in Keokuk, Iowa. Following retirement, the Petersons moved to Mitchellville, Iowa, and then back to Wyaconda in 1997.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; sisters: Ethel Dighton, Patricia Ann Davis, and Arlene Ruth Peterson; a brother, Kenneth Clair Peterson.

He is survived by his wife, Isabel; children: Floyd Wayne Peterson and his wife Mona, Darlene Ruth Peterson, Joseph Lee Peterson and wife April, and Steven Scott Peterson; grandchildren: Danny and wife Rita Peterson, Heather and husband Dan Knapp, Michelle, Angela and Richard Dove, Nicki and Lou, Jody and Matt, Amber and Allison Peterson; great grandchildren: Travis Peterson, Haley Mona Knapp, Collin and Chelsea Knapp, and Taylor and Cassie; sisters: Edythe Richards and Doris Jean Patton; sisters in law: Betty Fellows and Bev Lowenstein; brothers in law: Charles Owen Price and Donald Eugene Price and his wife Delores.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, August 19, 2004, at the Wyaconda Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernest Deatrick officiating. Allen and Louise Fitzgerald will provide the music. Bud Nichols, George Hudson, Robert Lipper, Tom LaFrenz, Jim Robertson, and Wesley Parrish will serve as pallbearers. Gail Purchase and Tracey Russell are honorary pallbearers. Burial will be in the Wyaconda Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be performed by the Knox City American Legion Post # 358. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2004, at the Gerth Funeral Home in Wyaconda.

Memorials are suggested to the Wyaconda Cemetery or the Wyaconda Baptist Church and may be mailed to or left at Gerth Funeral Service, 115 South Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Peterson’s family at gerths@gerths.com.

Arrangements were handled by Gerth Funeral Service from their Wyaconda chapel.


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