Everett Harley Peterson (August 16, 2018)

Everett Peterson photoMarch 1, 1937 ~ August 16, 2018



Wife – Frieda Peterson of Oakland, IA
2 Daughters – Rosina Peterson of Council Bluffs, IA
Peggy (Robert) Engle of Treynor, IA
3 Sons – Mike (Jackie) Peterson of Logan, IA
Steve Peterson of Rancho Cordova, CA
Mark Peterson of Oakland, IA
3 Brothers – Dr. Robert “Buzz” Peterson of Norton, KS
Dr. Paul S. (Alice) Peterson of Carmichael, CA
Dean Peterson of Harlan, IA
5 Grandsons
Other Relatives & Friends

Everett Harley Peterson, the son of William Harley and Eldora Anna (Struve) Peterson, was born in rural Harlan, Iowa, on March 1, 1937. He attended country school at Rabbit Hollow, and graduated from Harlan High School in 1955. From 1955-57, Everett helped his father on the family farm. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from 1957-1961.

On August 16, 1960, Everett married Frieda Herta Schörner in Oberkotzau, Germany. The couple returned to Harlan in 1961 to farm northeast of town, where they raised hogs and helped Everett’s parents farm the family land. He also helped other family members in the area, as well as having other employment. Everett then began working for Western Electric in Millard, Nebraska; he remained in this job for 36 years. In the fall of 1970, Everett and Frieda moved to an 80-acre farm outside of McClelland, Iowa, where Everett continued to farm, raise hogs and cattle, and work at Western Electric. They moved to Oakland, Iowa, in the fall of 1992.

While living in Harlan, Everett had been a member of First Baptist Church. An avid John Deere collector, he loved to attend farm auctions and antique tractor and engine shows. He also enjoyed fishing in Minnesota. Everett only purchased Chevy trucks, and they were almost always blue in color. With a toothpick, hat, tire gauge, and pocket knife, Everett was truly ready for anything.

Everett H. Peterson died on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He had reached the age of 81 years, 5 months, and 15 days.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents, and two infant granddaughters, Faith and Hope Engle. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frieda Peterson of Oakland, Iowa; two daughters, Rosina Peterson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Peggy (Robert) Engle of Treynor, Iowa; three sons, Mike (Jackie) Peterson of Logan, Iowa, Steve Peterson of Rancho Cordova, California, and Mark Peterson of Oakland, Iowa; three brothers, Dr. Robert “Buzz” Peterson of Norton, Kansas, Dr. Paul S. (Alice) Peterson of Carmichael, California, and Dean Peterson of Harlan, Iowa; five grandsons; and other relatives and friends.

A private graveside service was held on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Pastor William Caughey of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oakland, Iowa, officiated The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.

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8 Responses to Everett Harley Peterson (August 16, 2018)

  1. Bill Love says:

    I got to know Everett after we retired from Lucent and worked together on the Retiree’s Committee for a number of years. He was a strong man and very dedicated to the retired members. My condolences to the family of Everett Peterson.

  2. Susan Vance says:

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. I’ve known your family for a long time, especially you Steve, and I know that he will be greatly missed. Love to all.

  3. Kaleigh Wilson says:

    So Sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies to you, Freda and the family. May you all find comfort in prayer and each other.
    Kaleigh Fritz Wilson

  4. Cindy Wiese says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for the family as you grieve the loss of a loved one. Cindy (Gunderson) Wiese.

  5. Amy Matthews Conner says:

    Everett was one of the neighborhood dads. He let kids be kids. I have always felt blessed that the Peterson family moved into the neighborhood. You all were certainly part of our family. Love to all of you. Amy Matthews Conner.

  6. Nancy Zimmerman says:

    My most sincere condolences for your loss. My prayers are with you,

  7. Rusty James says:

    Sorry to hear of Everett’s passing. When were just kids, we lived across the field from Everett and family and walked to Rabbit School with him and his brothers. Claudia and I send our condolences to the Peterson family.

  8. Kitty m Campbell says:

    My sincere condolences to the entire family in your time of grief. God be with you all. Kitty Campbell

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