Charles “Chuck” Edward Peterson was born in Racine, October 1, 1925, son of the late Edward and Effie (Nee: Buening) Peterson. Chuck left this world surrounded by his family to join his heavenly Father on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the age of 91.
He graduated from William Horlick High School “Class of 1944”. Upon his graduation he served with the United States Army Corp of Engineers during World War II in the European Theatre of War until his discharge in 1946. On April 21, 1951 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Joan Lucille Hanson who preceded him in death, January 26, 2015. Chuck was employed at S.C. Johnson and Son for seventeen years, retiring in 1986. He was previously employed at Custom Cabinet for twelve years. He was a longtime member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and member of St. John’s Choir. He loved singing and belonged to the Church Singers and the Racine Dairy Statesmen for over fifty years, since the inception in 1960. Chuck was an avid bowler and bowled with the Retiree’s Bowling League. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, and most of all treasured time spent with his family.
He will be dearly missed by his 3 children, Peggy J. Robbins (Tom Martin) of Racine, Kim C. Peterson of Pocatello, ID, Polly A. (Dale) Squires of Black River Falls, WI; 7 grandchildren, Steve Robbins, Dave (Tami) Robbins, Jaime (Mark) Peterson, Eric (Brandi) Robbins, Cory (Lisa) Groetzinger, Keri (Jerry) Gerhard, and Heidi Lyons; 19 great-grandchildren who will continue to feel his love and strength; brother, Robert Peterson of Madison, WI; sister-in-law, Charlotte David of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his sisters-in-law, Marian Peterson, Averill Tompach, Louise Hanson, Elizabeth Hanson; and brothers-in-law, Roger David, Donald Hanson, and Rodney Hanson
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St. with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society have been suggested. Entombment with full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32.
The family would like to thank the staff at Becker Shoop Center for their loving and compassionate care of both Chuck and Joan over the past 7 years.