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.
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
On July 4, 1960, he married Marilyn L. Moburg in Monmouth.
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
He pitched minor league baseball, played with the New York Yankees
a short time and played softball locally. He enjoyed bowling and golf.
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