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Curtis Oliver Peterson

July 22, 1931 - December 22, 2016


Curtis Oliver Peterson completed his journey on earth on Dec. 22, 2016, at his home, in the loving care of his family.

He was born on July 22, 1931, in Superior, Wisconsin, the son of Edwin and Beatrice (Krona) Peterson. Starting his working career in his teen years, he was a caddy for Nemadji Golf Course and a pin setter at Waletzo bowling alley. He recalled that a priest was most generous as he stuffed the thumbhole with a $5 bill; in the 1940s that was a big deal. Upon graduating from Central High School he traveled west to work for the Great Northern Railroad under the tutelage of his grandfather section roadmaster Fred Krona.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950; his tour of service took him to Germany where he spent the next three years as a parachute packer. While there he made lifelong friends with Ed Vilchinsky and JC Stafford, he visited Saboe relatives in Norway and attended the 1951 Olympics in Finland.

He married Lorraine “Amy” Peterson in Superior and they recently celebrated 62 years of marriage. To this union four wonderful children were born, Gary, Cheryl, Cary and Steven.

Returning to Superior he worked for the Great Northern until 1961, at which time he and his family relocated to Whitefish where he went to work for the Anaconda Aluminum Company, where he became active in the Aluminum Workers International Union serving as trustee, secretary and president of Local 320 and Northwest Council of Councils. He also served intermittently with the United Steel Workers on contract negotiations, organizing and arbitration’s, etc. He retired from Columbia Falls Aluminum Company (CFAC) in 1994.

Curtis’ life calling was to be of service to others. He served on the board of directors for North Valley Hospital, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Flathead Valley Community College Foundation; was active in the First Presbyterian Churches he attended, serving as a deacon, on Session, building maintenance, treasurer; no task was too humble for him to tackle. He took great delight to serve in the building of the Glacier Presbyterian Camp and on the board also. He was active with the Fairway Boulevard Homeown-ers Assoc-iation for many years and was presented with his prized “Golden Spigot” award. Curtis was a life member of VFW Post 2252 and served 20 years with the VFW Honor Guard, considering this an honor to do so. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 864 of Whitefish and the Order of Eastern Star Vista Chapter 44, serving in various leadership positions over the past 19 years.

Being Dad to his children, foster children and then Grandpa and Great-Grandpa was the delight of his years. He loved to embellish stories to the little ones as he did 20 years of taxi service for his ‘grands’ and ‘greats’ with school pick up schedules. Grandpa was always on call for family emergencies and babysitting.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Elwood and Fred, and son Gary (2004).

He is survived by his brother Bill, (Bonnie) of Superior, Wisconsin; wife, Amy; Gary’s children, Curtis Wm. (Dustin and Rylin: Courtnie Marino (Calista and Clarice); daughter, Cheryl Reynolds (David) and children Christa Clark (Todd), Alexandar and Maddox, Brent, Adam and fiancée Melissa Thomas; son, Cary (Rose); and son, Steven (Karen) Caleb and Logan; sisters-in-law, Elaine Stevens and Laura (Ronald) Norvich; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and lifelong friends.

Curtis loved deeply his family and many friends; he appreciated his golf buddies; our “Dine In Group” of 20-plus years, church “family,” especially our adopted Eddy Lou. We are grateful for the many visitors, calls, cards and hospice care for Curtis during his trying months with declining health due to Parkinson’s.

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Flathead County

Fallen Heros






Spanish American War



PVT FRED G. WHEATON



World War I



CPT ORVILLE ANDERSON

PVT ORVILLE BECHTEL

PVT OTTO F. BOESE

PVT GEORGE E. BOWERS

PVT WILLIAM BREMEN

PVT MAINEY A. BRICKEY

PVT JOHN V.O. COMFORT

PVT FRED T.E. CRANE

PVT PERRY E. DODD

PVT LAWRENCE E. FLEMMING

CPL JOE GRAMMER

PVT ROBERT HALL

PVT ALEX L. HARDWICK

PVT EDWARD J. HARDWICK

PVT LLOYD HARMON

PVT SELMER IVERSON

PVT MELVIN JENSEN

PVT ROY KIRKPATRICK

PVT BENJAMIN LANDIS

PVT JACOB J. LEIN

PVT ALBERT I. MARKEN

PVT REX MEACHEM

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PVT HARRY L. PHANCO

PVT JOHN RAAEN

PVT JOSEPH RISING

PVT VITO S. SCALERA

PVT OTTO J. SCHULTZ

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PVT JERRY SULLIVAN

PVT WALTER SWEENEY

PVT JAMES H. THACKABERRY

PVT ARTHUR E. WINKLER

PVT LORENZO W. WOLF



World War II



1LT FRANK L. ADAMS, JR.

SGT MERLE D. AHRENS

SGT ROBERT R. ALEY

PFC SANFORD R. ALLISON

PVT SIDNEY BAESCHLIN

1LT CHARLES S. BALDWIN

PVT FRED BANGEMAN

PVT WILLIAM A. BANNING

PVT INGWELL BARTLESON

TSG HARVEY H. BELL, JR.

TEC5 HUGH R. BELL

PFC NORMAN A. BENTON

1LT RICHARD N. BERRY

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PFC CARL R. BONDE, JR.

PVT EDWARD A. BREADEHOFT

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LTGT EDWARD L. BROADWATER

PFC KENNETH R. BRUST

PVT W.J. BUNDROCK, JR.

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PVT CLARENCE CHESSMORE

2LT ELWIN E. CLAPPER

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2LT JACK L. CRAVEN

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PVT BILL DROLLINGER

PVT HOWARD J. DUTRO

TEC5 JOE C. DYER

PFC DONALD H. EGHOLM

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FC1 FRED WHITNEY ELSASS

1LT REESE P. EVANS, JR.

SGT KENNETH E. FELIX

PFC CHARLES FISCHER

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TEC5 ROBERT F. HADDOW

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SGT NORBERT HANS

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1LT CARL HARNDEN

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2LT NORBERT W. HERRIGES

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ROGER LARSON

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SSG FREDERICK F. METCALF

PFC CLARENCE MITCHELL

SGT ELMER F. MONTGOMERY

PFC WILLIAM J. MURPHY

HENRY NYGARD

PFC ALFRED W. ODEGARD

SGT ELLIS W. OLSEN

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2LT WARREN L. PUTMAN

PVT JOHN L. QUINLAN

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SSG DONALD D. REESE

1LT JACK REIDER

TEC5 DELBERT A. RHODES

PVT REX S. RITTER

TEC5 CHARLES H. ROGERS

2LT KENNETH B. ROGNSTAD

SGT HAROLD W. ROUSH

TSG BERT A. SALING

TEC5 MYRON L. SCHOOLEY

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SSG WALTER D. STEINMETZER

TEC5 GEORGE A. SUNDAHL

2LT JOHN C. SUNDAHL

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SGT EDWARD M. UNWIN

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SSG NEIL A. WAGNER

1LT WAYNE A. WENDT

PVT FRED W. WHEATON

SSG ARCHIE B. WILHELM

S1 RICHARD L. WILHELM

S1 THOMAS WINTERS

TSG WILLY H.W. ZEECK



Korean War



CPL HAROLD AMUNDSON

1LT JERRY BALDWIN

SSGT BOB BULLMAN

PFC ROBERT E. DERR

PFC GEORGE L. LINE

PV2 CLIFFORD NORRIS

PFC ALVA OSTROM

HM3 CHARLES E. POPE

SGT CHARLES SCHLEGEL

CPL JAKE VOERMANS

PFC THEODORE A. WAGNER



Vietnam War



LCPL MITCHELL LESTER ANDERSON

PFC JOSEPH BENSON

PFC ANTHONY BURDETTE BLAIR

SP4 RICHARD JAMES BEST Jr

CPL DUANE LEE COTTET

PFC DAVID WALTER DORRIS

PFC RODGER DEAN ECKSTEIN

SP4 LARRY DOUGLAS ENGEBRETSON

SP4 RICHARD MICHAEL JOHNSON

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PFC TIMOTHY CHARLES ROBINSON

SP4 ANTHONY GENE HARNESS

CWO MANFORD LLOYD KLEIV

LCPL DOUGLAS GERALD STREET



Desert storm



MARK R. CRONQUIST



Operation Iraqi Freedom



EDWARD MATTHEW SALTZ

KANE F. FUNKE

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