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Byron graduated from Hymera High School in Hymera, Ind., and then went on to Indiana University, where he graduated with his BA. During college, he joined ROTC and played the baritone horn in the Indiana University Marching 100 Band. In his professional life, he worked for the Colgate Palmolive Co. for 12 years, working as a plant manager. He then went on to become an international distribution manager for the J.C. Penney Co. and retired after 27 years.
After he retired, he volunteered at the Community of Schools in Dallas, fundraising for local public schools. Byron continued his community service with Habitat for Humanity upon relocation to the Charlotte area 20 years ago. He pursued his love of giving back to the community as the neighbor Santa riding in on the fire truck, spreading holiday cheer.
Away from work, Byron loved spending time with his family, especially his five grandchildren. Some of his fondest memories were exploring national parks out west camping with his wife and children, spending time with his grandchildren during summer vacations on Cape Cod, playing golf, enjoying music and attending symphonies with his wife.
Byron was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy Aldridge Peterson. He is survived by his children, Karen Peterson Gibson (David, deceased), Susan Lynn Peterson (Scott) and Debbie Kay Young (Denny); grandchildren, Daniel James McKenzie, Laura Elizabeth Gibson, Kyle Byron Young (Jessica), Erin Michelle Young and Eric Andrew Peterson; brother, Wendell Peterson; and his daughters, Yvette Peterson and Gretchen Peterson.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Ebenezer Methodist Church, 1781 E. County Road 850 North in Shelburn, Ind., at 11 a.m. (eastern time). He will be resting next to his wife at Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Lyons, Ind.
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