Clarence Eugene "Pete" Peterson
Clarence Eugene “Pete” Peterson, 83, Danville, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Danville Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Elliott Chapel, New London. The Rev. Matt Yaley will officiate with military rites by the Henry County Honor Guard. Burial will be held in South Walker Cemetery, Burlington. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., Tuesday, with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials have been established to the Danville Community School Foundation and the Monmouth VFW.
He was born Sept. 15, 1929, at Alexis, Ill. to Elmer Charles and Dora Mae Sharp Peterson. On Oct. 25, 1968, he married Velma Geraldine “Gerry” Baker Grinstead. She preceded him in death.
He attended Alexis Schools and was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the Army Air Force. He was a staff sergeant, airplane mechanic and participated in the Berlin Airlift in Germany. He was injured in a 1952 airplane crash over Itzuki, Japan.
He worked as a truck driver for many years, at All American Freight and Churchill in the Quad Cities and also at Admiral Corp. in Galesburg and McCarthy Construction in the Quad Cities. He was a fireman in Monmouth, Ill. He was a member of the Monmouth VFW. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, air shows and anything airplane-related.
He is survived by one step-daughter, Linda (Charlie) Messer of Danville; one step-son, Herb (Brenda) Grinstead of Danville; one brother, Robert T. (Carol) Peterson of Gladstone, Ill.; one sister, Shirley (Charles) Earp of Monmouth, Ill.; four step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one sister, Ethel Skees.