OTTUMWA — Kenneth L. “Pete” Peterson, 85, of Keokuk and formerly of Ft. Madison and Ottumwa, passed away at 11 a.m. Feb. 27, 2014, at his home in Keokuk from complications of a stroke in 2003.
He was born on Jan. 10, 1929, in Ottumwa to David John and Signa Swanson Peterson. Ken graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1947 and obtained various college credits through the years. On Aug. 5, 1960, he married Patsy B. Saulmon of Morganton, N.C., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottumwa. He was employed for 28 years by J.W. Edgerly Wholesale Pharmacy Company in Ottumwa, where he was the purchasing agent for several years and was division manager when he resigned in 1975. Ken was then employed by Job Service of Iowa as an employment and training specialist until he retired in 1992. He served overseas in the Army 28th Division from 1951-53.
He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Ft. Madison and also several various professional service clubs through the years including Rotary, International Assn. of Public Employees and others. His real love since 1975 has been the Lions Club, where he held various offices, including club president, zone chairman and district governor. He was honored by the Lions for his dedicated humanitarian service with the Melvin Jones Fellowship (the highest international award), the Warren Coleman Award (highest in the state) and the International President’s Commendation, among others. Ken was noted for his never-wavering devotion to family and friends. He liked to travel and enjoyed spending winters in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Peterson of Keokuk; one son, Kevin (Angie) Peterson of West Point; a daughter, Tina (Barry) Jens of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren, Keith Peterson and Alicia Peterson of West Point; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald (Wilma) Peterson; and one sister, Ruth (Lloyd) Marble.