L. Robert “Bob” Peterson
MADISON – L. Robert “Bob” Peterson passed to eternal life on Tuesday April 4, 2017 from Attic Angel Place in Middleton.
Son of Edward and Effie (Buenning) Peterson, Bob was born in Racine on November 11, 1923.Bob’s heart was broken in 2012 when he said, “good-bye for now” to Marian, his beloved wife of 65 years. Only a month ago, he lost his only brother, Chuck (Joan) Peterson, which left him the last living extended family member of his generation.
Bob is survived by his adoring three daughters and sons-in-law Karen (Mike) Nelson, Kathie (Dave) Schroedel, and Jill (Jim) Kubek. Their family circle was the priority of Bob’s and Marian’s life. Bob is Grandpa to Chris (Stacy) Nelson, Tim (Jen) Nelson, Amy (Randy) Hampton, Sara (Sean) Sweeney, Sam (Becca) Kubek and Allie Kubek (Alex Hunter). He is Great Grandpa (Papa) to Ahnali Nelson, Clare and Maura Towne, Jackson, Mya and Elaina Hampton, Anna and Nora Sweeney and Cameron Nelson. EACH of these family members was blessed with Bob’s wise counsel and unconditional love.
At age 20, Bob reported for duty in the US Army. In World War II, he was assigned to reconnaissance in the Battle of the Bulge. In letters home to his parents he repeatedly found something in his experience to describe as “swell.” The ability to find the good, even in the hell of war, aptly describes the spirit that remained with Bob EVEN through all the losses of his final years.Bob spent a 39-year career with SC Johnson, beginning in sales and retiring as Executive Vice President. As head of the company’s international operations, Bob travelled the world. Despite language and cultural differences, he personally connected with everyone from his driver to factory workers. When fire ravaged an African plant, Bob swiftly summoned the resources to bring the victims to the US for the best burn care available. He named that as his greatest career accomplishment.
After retirement, Bob and Marian spent many years in Scottsdale, Ariz., and in Hayward and Hartland, Wisc. They enjoyed life with a wide circle of friends, the closest of which were their extended family members.Following Marian’s death, Bob lived in Oconomowoc, lovingly cared for in Karen and Mike’s home. His recent move to Madison circled back to the city where Bob and Mar made their first home. There he enjoyed precious time being near Kathie and Jill’s families. He also bonded lovingly with the extraordinary caregivers and fellow residents of the Attic Angel community.As we lose his human presence, all touched by Bob’s life can carry his spirit of positivity, abiding faith and silly sense of humor. We hope you might honor him with a cocktail and some good cheese or (as was his last meal) a dish of ice cream…or two! And as he told his daughters throughout their lives, “ALWAYS REMEMBER, PEOPLE HAVE MORE FUN THAN ANYBODY!”
Fr. John Yockey will preside over a mass in celebration of Bob’s life, at Noon on Saturday, April 29th at St. Jerome Church, Oconomowoc. Friends may gather starting at 11 AM and are invited to share a meal at the church following mass.
The family would appreciate your memorial of treasure, deed or prayer that best defines your relationship with Bob.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.Gunderson WestFuneral & Cremation Care7435 University Avenue(608)831-6761
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