Gary A. Peterson, 93, of Marinette, Wis., passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. He was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Marinette to the late Carl and Ella (Fluery) Peterson.
Gary, a PFC, served as a Foreman Construction Specialist in the U.S. Army from February 1945 until his discharge in November 1946, earning the Expert Infantryman Badge, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Upon separating from the active duty forces, Gary enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard until July 1952. Gary married Marlene Dietrich on June 19, 1954. Marlene passed away on June 8, 1989. Gary married Carol (Vaness) Johnson in October 1991. Gary worked many jobs in the Twin Cities but he was most proud of the many years he was employed by Alfredson Brother’s Construction of Menominee. You couldn’t drive past many buildings around town without him telling you he’d helped build them.
Gary is survived by his wife Carol; sons: Gary (Rhonda) Peterson and Keith (Bonnie (deceased)) Peterson of Menominee, Mich., and Scott (Michele) Peterson, Manitowoc, Wis.; daughter, Starr L. (James) Taylor of Marinette; stepsons: Alfred (Julie) Peterson, Scott (Wendy) Laundree both of Marinette, Tim Peterson of Green Bay, Wis., and Steve (Kelly) Johnson of Schaumburg, Ill.; stepdaughters: Denise (Pete) Lemieux, Sandy (Joseph) Boburka, Cheryl (Mike) Finger of Marinette, and Debbie (Kevin) Krouth of Florida; 26 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Gary was preceded in death by an infant son, Carl Arthur Peterson; brothers: Raymond, Ralph and Wayne Peterson; sisters: Evelyn Schreiner, Norma Pecor, Alice Webb, Patricia Peterson, Faye Lindquist and Luella Masterson/Frankie.
Per Gary’s wishes, a private burial, with the assistance of Thielen Funeral Home, will be held with immediate family members only at Birch Creek Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a time when it is safe to do so.
The entire family would like to express sincere appreciation for the care given to Gary by the Rennes Health and Rehab Center-West in Peshtigo, Wis.