Ralph E. Peterson

March 5, 1928April 11, 2011

Ralph E. Peterson, 83, passed away in Escondido, CA on April 11, 2011. He was born March 5, 1928 in Lake Carmel, NY to Francis and Ruth Peterson.

He served in the United States Army, owned a delicatessen and pizza shop in New York and founded Peterson's Donut Corner in California.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Vera of Escondido, CA; Daughters Vera Ellen (Kevin) Bruno of Hemet, CA; Maureen Perkins of Murietta, CA; Sons Ralph Jr., Michael and Stephen all of Escondido, CA. Sisters Barbara and Madeline of North Carolina; Brother Bruce of New York; 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his grandson Ryan in 2010.

A visitation will be held at Funeraria Del Angel McLeod chapel Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 4 to 8pm. A rosary will be recited at 9:30am followed by a funeral mass at 10am Friday, May 13, 2011 at Resurrection Catholic Church. Burial with military honors will take place at Miramar National Cemetery at 1pm. Arrangements under the direction of Funeraria del Angel McLeod, Escondido, CA.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 12, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 13, 2011

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May 17, 2011

What an amazing family! Very generous and loved by all. Our thoughts are with you.

Diane Hildreth

May 14, 2011

My heart and thoughts are with the family at this time. I will remember Mr. Peterson fondly. Words can not express what we feel at times like this. Just know that we are here for you if there is anything we can do.
Petersons Donuts is just part of who this family is. Thank you for sharing this part of your family with everyone, it is a Escondido legacy.
Ralph Jr. what can I say , we love you.

Ben and Beth Howard

May 14, 2011

We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Peterson's death. While we did not have the privilege to know him, we have greatly enjoyed the legacy of his donut shop and the wonderful people he influenced who work there! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Peterson family.

Sheila Rushworth

May 14, 2011

25 years ago, I used to skip Sunday School to get doughnuts at Peterson's Doughnuts. About 4-5 years ago, I had the pleasure of getting to know them a little closer. While visiting, I often thought that he would have been a really cool Grandpa to grow up with. It wasn't until just recently that I found out he was a Veteran. Today, I would like to say, from the bottom of my heart and with every breath I take, RALPH, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU for all you did to ensure me and my family have the freedoms we have today. I pray that God will continue to bless you and the entire Peterson Family!

M Minjares

May 13, 2011

Just happened to stop by our favorite treat place and saw the notice in the window that his services are tonight. We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Peterson's passing. Looking at the photo gallery I can see he was such a loved man and lived a wonderful life. God Bless his family.......

Marilyn Wells

May 11, 2011

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Peterson. Our family has many wonderful memories of enjoying Peterson's donuts, and we will continue to do so.
Warmest regards to the Peterson family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

K Wennerstrom

May 11, 2011

My husband and I have been in different states and found people who knew about Peterson's donuts! I am very sorry for your loss.

Ray Ruggles

May 11, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Ralph Peterson . His courteous staff and the friendly atmosphere at the Donut Corner have made it a popular Escondido landmark . Mr. Peterson's helpful service to our EHS Class of 1957 Reunion Picnic and to the many special celebrations in Escondido schools and classrooms over the years have been very much appreciated . Condolences and Kindest Regards,
Ray and Melvina Ruggles