Deward's Story

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Dr. Deward D. "Pete" Peterson, 93, passed away Jan. 1, 2018, in Westminister Village Health Center in Terre Haute. He was born Dec. 14, 1924, to George and Elizabeth Johanns Peterson, in Grand Meadow, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Francis, Gerald and Delmer, his twin.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Kerr Peterson; son, Jerald Peterson (Stephanie) of Terre Haute; daughters, Janet Peterson of Terre Haute, Linda Kelly (Jim) of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Katie Moulton of Oakland, Calif., and Hannah Peterson of Terre Haute; and great-grandson, Jacob Mickelson of Terre Haute.
Dr. Peterson served in World War II as a private in Pre-med school at Nichols General Hospital in Louisville, Ky. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, serving his internship at Anker Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. During the Korean War he was a medical examiner and flight surgeon as a captain with the Air Force in Japan.
Upon leaving the Air Force in 1952, he was a pathology resident at Kansas Univerity. He served his radiology residency at Indiana University, Indianapolis. Dr. Peterson was on staff at the radiology department at the Marion County General Hospital in Indianapolis for 10 years. He was in private practice for 20 years with Wabash Valley Radiologists, serving Union Hospital, AP&S Clinic, Mary Sherman Hospital in Sullivan, and Greene County Hospital in Linton.
He was a private pilot and aviation historian belonging to many medical and aviation organizations. Dr. Peterson was a charter member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 83 and a member of the Noon Optimist Club.
Per his request cremation was chosen. DeBaun Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. A private graveside service will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1787, Indianapolis, IN 46206; or to the charity of your choice.
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Published on January 2, 2018
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