Charles Otto Peterson
January 3, 1934 – January 20, 2020
Charles Otto Peterson passed away peacefully in his home on January 20, 2020. Charles was born in Buffalo, Missouri, on January 3, 1934, to Margaret McCaslin Peterson, his father, Otto Peterson, having passed away three months earlier.
Charles (Chuck, Junior) was a farm boy who was introduced to basketball in high school and moved into town, lived with the local deputy sheriff, and worked at the high school, so that he could play.
Following his graduation in 1951, he left Missouri to join his brother in California. There he attended Ventura Junior College, played basketball for the Pirates, and most importantly, met his wife of 66 years, Genevieve Mason.
The two were married on August 16, 1953, and moved back to Springfield, Missouri, where Charles attended Southwest Missouri State (SMS), and was a star center for the Bears. Their oldest child, and only son, Douglas was born in Springfield.
Charles and family then moved to Corning, CA where he taught math, science, and P.E. and coached basketball. Their second child, Jody, was born in Corning.
Then it was back to Missouri to complete his degree at SMS, before returning to Southern California, where Charles taught and coached at Moorpark High School. Their third child, Jamie, was born in Oxnard, CA.
The family’s final move was to Clovis, CA, where Charles worked for the Clovis Unified School District for 31 years, first as a teacher and coach, then as the Director of Adult and Vocational Education for 29 years, building one of the strongest adult education programs in the state. Their youngest child, Pamela, was born in Fresno, CA.
Charles was an active member of ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) throughout his career.
But his greatest achievement was being a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle.
He is survived by his wife Genevieve Elaine (Mason) Peterson — Fresno, CA Sister Shirley Dame (husband Gerald) of Phillipsburg, Missouri Son Douglas Peterson (wife Anoush) — Littleton, CO Daughter Jody Solinski — Redding, CA Daughter Jamie Peterson — Clovis, CA Daughter Pamela Lee (husband Mike) — San Luis Obispo, CA
Five Granddaughters: Melissa Peterson, Sarah Vanderneck (husband Ryan), Genevieve Healey (husband Douglass), Katrina True (husband Jeremy), and Hannah Lee.
Seven Great-Grandchildren: Levi, Elijah, Isaiah, Eliana, Aliyah, Annalise, Josephine
A Graveside Service will be held at Clovis Cemetery on Thursday, January 30th at 1 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Bethesda Lutheran Communities, 600 Hoffmann Dr., Watertown, WI 53094. Please put “In memory of Charles Peterson.”
You may leave your personal memory of Charles at www.BoiceFuneralHome.com. These memories will be put in a permanent book for the family.
- Genevieve Peterson, Wife
- Douglas Craig Peterson (Anoush), Son
- Jody Eileen Solinski, Daughter
- Jamie Lynn Peterson, Daughter
- Pamela Suzanne Lee (Michael), Daughter
- Shirley Dame, Sister
- Melissa A. Peterson, Grandchild
- Sarah A. Vanderneck (Ryan Vanderneck), Grandchild
- Genevieve Healey (Douglass Healey), Grandchild
- Katrina M. True (Jeremy True), Grandchild
- Hannah Lee, Grandchild
- Charles will also be lovingly remembered by his 7 Great-Grandchildren.
- Visitation Wednesday, January 29, 2020
- Graveside Service Thursday, January 30, 2020
Charles Otto Peterson
February 4, 2020
I don’t even know where to begin, there are a million great memories of you Grandpa. That’s just the thing, they all count. You made such an effort to be a part of my life. Summers at your house, seeing you during the year at the Peterson B&B & you never missed a big sporting or performance event. I feel so beyond blessed to have had such an incredible Grandfather. One who’s love for family and desire for us to all be together as much as possible will continue. We are stronger and more inter connected than ever thanks to you both. I will miss you so much, but I will always remember how much you believed in me & the values you taught me. You mean the world to me. I love you Grandpa!
February 1, 2020
Charles was among our many acquaintances that we hold dearly in our heart. My late husband and I cherished the memories and time we spent together. Charles was always caring and very interested in his family. He demonstrated often his high intellect but never flaunted it. His character was beyond reproach. Prayers for comfort go to all the family. Love, Ellie
January 30, 2020
Chuck, you are one of the most lovely men I have had the pleasure to know. Thank you for all the fun travel chats, family gatherings and the most delicious oranges I ever tasted!
January 30, 2020
Charles it’s such an honour to have shared a little part of your wonderful life and time with your special family. We will cherish those pearls of wisdom and your sense of humour. Mike will wear your cowboy 🤠 hat with pride every summer. Rest now in heaven. Please know our prayers and love are with you. Love Christine & Mike from across the big lake
January 29, 2020
How blessed we were to know you Charles.
You were such a kind and funny man, we loved spending time with you and Genevieve, making such happy memories.
we send you much love in heaven.
Joe and Annette xx
January 27, 2020
I have too many memories to list, grandpa. Like when we traveled to Honduras, England, and Greece. And when I nearly smashed your car in the garage door. And when I always borrowed your hats to wear. Thank you for giving me so many positive experiences and memories with you. I love you, and I miss you.
January 26, 2020
We are blessed to meet, to know, and to be friends with Charles.
We will always remember the joy we shared together.
Don and Tricia Whiteley
January 23, 2020
The dash - Your life well lived. You made a profound difference and showed us the way. We love you Charles and will always remember your kindness. Don and Trish x