The Obit For Max Peterson

Max Peterson

The Hawkeye.Com 10/5/2010

Max R. Peterson, 88, of Knoxville, Ill., formerly of Monmouth, Ill., died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, Ill.

Born Dec. 22, 1921, in rural Warren County, Ill., he was the son of Emmett and Ruth Crandall Peterson. In 1944, he married Marian L. Sprout in Monmouth. She died in 1959.

On July 4, 1960, he married Marilyn L. Moburg in Monmouth.

Mr. Peterson worked at Keister's Auto Service in Monmouth as a mechanic, owned and operated Olson Rug Cleaning Service in Monmouth, was head maintenance engineer for the U.S. Federal Building in Rock Island, Ill., and last worked as maintenance engineer for St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Ill. He moved to Florida after retiring, then returned to Knoxville.

He attended rural schools and graduated from Monmouth High School in 1939. He served in the Navy. He was a member of Knoxville United Methodist Church, Monmouth Lions Club and Monmouth Masonic Lodge 37 AF & AM.

He pitched minor league baseball, played with the New York Yankees a short time and played softball locally. He enjoyed bowling and golf.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Jackie Mitchell of Cameron, Ill., and Sharon Wessels of Jacksonville, Ill.; three sons, Jerry Peterson of Greenville, S.C., and Steve Moburg and Jeff Moburg, both of Rockford; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Maxine Martin and Greta Ryner, both of Monmouth, Lois Appleby of Galesburg and Helen Bruyn of Stronghurst, Ill.; and one brother, Lee Peterson of Asheville, N.C.

Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by one son, his parents and four brothers and sisters.

No visitation is planned. His body has been cremated. The memorial service for Mr. Peterson will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Knoxville United Methodist Church. A memorial has been established for Knoxville United Methodist Church. Turnbull Funeral Home in Monmouth is in charge of arrangements