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Earl Robert Peterson

July 25, 1918May 18, 2020

Earl Robert Peterson passed away in Sun Lakes, Arizona on May 16, 2020 after almost 102 years on this Earth. He was born in Dubuque, Iowa on July 25, 1918 to parents Clarence and Etta Mae Peterson. He grew up in Dubuque and attended the University of Dubuque, where he majored in Math and Chemistry. He graduated with a Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of Dubuque. After graduating from college, he enrolled in the pilot training program at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. He was assigned to the Royal Air Force before the US became involved in World War II. After serving honorably in the US Navy during World War II, he stayed in the reserves until 1957.

He married Jewel (Hall) in 1947 and they remained committed until her passing in 1991. They had three daughters: Susan, Judy and Shari along with Jewel's kids, Michael and Patricia

In 1993 he married Patti Spurry.

Bob loved all sports, but, especially liked golf, tennis and fishing, for which he was active into his 90's.

He is survived by his 5 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild


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Michael O'Neil

May 20, 2020

Bob served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres in WWII. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. His last war duty station was on the island of Attu, Alaska where U.S. forces were getting ready for the invasion of Japan (which was not undertaken because the war in the Pacific was ended.)
His last active duty station following the war was as Executive Officer of the Seattle Naval Air Station.
Bob received numerous commendations and related decorations from both the U.S. and British governments.


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