Merrill "Pete" Peterson

December 6, 1933August 21, 2013

Merrill ‘Pete’ Peterson, 79, of Vian, OK, formerly of Fort Smith, passed away August 21, 2013 in Fort Smith. He was born December 6, 1933 in Shell Lake, WI. Pete was retired from Ash Grove Concrete as a sales representative and was a member of the American Concrete Institution. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a former member of Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three sons, Robert Peterson of Alma, Michael Peterson and his wife Suzanne of Fort Smith and Eric Peterson and his wife Michele of Van Buren; his sister, Muriel Sprague of Des Moines, WA; his grandchildren Garren, Grant, John Ashley, Robert Whitney, Emily, Tori and Christopher; four great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Pete was preceded in death by his son, David Peterson. Memorial services will be 11:00am Monday, August 26, 2013 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church. Visitation will be 1:00-3:00pm Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Edwards Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Saint John’s Episcopal Church Sack Lunch Program, 215 North 6th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901 or the charity of your choice. To make contribution to an online guestbook, visit


  • Memorial Service Monday, August 26, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2013

Merrill "Pete" Peterson

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Carolyn Tate

September 2, 2013

I just found out about Pete's death. The Peterson's in general were always a deep part of my life. I have very little memories of my younger years without them. Even though David was one of my best friends for many years, Pete also used to come visit me where I was working or later on when I was self-employed, just to say hello. It always brightened my day to see his smile and be surprised when he would walk in almost our of nowhere, sometimes when years may have passed without seeing him.

Mary, Bobby, Eric and Mike...I'm so sorry for your loss. Pete was one of the coolest spirits to inhabit the earth. I shall always think of him fondly and with love.

Peace be with Pete's spirit and to all who loved him.

God's blessings and love to you all.

Carolyn (Mask) Tate

August 26, 2013

To a great Father-in-law. Even though I lost my David in 2004, Pete remained my Father-in-law. He was a joy to be around, and could talk to anyone, about anything!! I love you Pete and now you are at rest with David. You guys behave yourselves up there on the Streets of Gold. Lori Peterson Broadus

Jeane Mack

August 26, 2013

The Peterson' favorite neighbors for so many years with so many fond memories. Mary, Bobby, Mike and Eric, my Dad and I send our most sincere condolences.
Jeane Mack & Bill Mack

August 25, 2013

I met Pete in the early 70's when we were both new in the life insurance business. we drank a lot of coffee and discussed all our problems and troubles...successes and failures..we were good for each other and became good friends.........Pat todd.

Coe & Donna Kroese

August 25, 2013

Pete was a special to us. We served together in an AF Unit that retrained the Luftwaffe in the 1950s at Furstenfeldbruch AB, Germany. Pete and Mary were our closest neighbors during that tour, and they both were treasured friends. Pete directed our Chapel Choir. We love you Mary!

Al & Mariann Roberts

August 24, 2013

We treasure having the memories of the love, laughter, and good times we had together over the years with Pete and you. Our love and prayers will always be with you. Fondly, Al & Mariann

Gerri Bunn

August 24, 2013

Pete was a fantastic and great individual who will be missed greatly. My love to the entire family. Gerri Lee Bunn