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John Dwight Peterson III

November 13, 1957May 3, 2020
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John D. “Pete” Peterson, III, 62 died May 3, 2020 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis of complications following a heart attack. He was born in Indianapolis November 13, 1957, the second child of John D. Peterson Jr. and Nancy Browning Peterson of Zionsville. The parents survive. He was the husband of Julie Wilkinson Peterson. She survives, along with their children, John, Cheboygan, Mich., and Alex, Indianapolis. Pete was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and during his 4-year hitch was involved in several rescues at sea while stationed in Italy and in the Great Lakes during the 1980s. Later he returned to Indianapolis and went to work as a stockbroker for City Securities Corp., a securities firm founded by Pete’s grandfather. During the 1990s he wrote a column on investing for the Indianapolis Business Journal. He attended Indiana and Western Kentucky universities and like his father and his father’s father was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He was a member of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and Woodstock Club. He loved boats and was highly capable on the water. He spent part of every summer at this family’s house on tiny Heron Island off the coast of Maine. He won numerous sailing races at the Indianapolis Sailing Club in the 1990s and a few at Burt Lake in Northern Michigan. Pete collected pond yachts, which are miniature sailboats roughly two or three feet long that are sailed, among other places, in a pond in New York’s Central Park. He joined the Central Park Model Yacht Club (founded: 1916). Included in the $100 fee was a “CPMYC” baseball hat. Pete got a kick out of wearing it, he got a kick out of the intensity of hard-core hobbyists. A small, wooded 19th century cemetery abutted Pete’s backyard, and he took it upon himself to look after it, removing fallen limbs etc. On Memorial Day he’d plant an American flag at the grave of the cemetery’s war veteran. Pete had an appreciation for history. He recently marveled to a friend how odd it was – and how nice it was – that after the Civil War Confederate general Joe Johnston became friends with his Union nemesis William Tecumseh Sherman – and was even a pallbearer at Sherman’s funeral! Friendship was the thing Pete was best at, and not casual “social” friendship. Pete maintained deep, meaningful relations with an uncommonly large number of people, people with widely divergent interests and world views. He had nicknames for all of them: Loonis, Baya, Buddha, Dan the Man, Patches, Evil, Gremmie, Kev, Jeffie, Brodine, Greeley, K Man, Pat and Weo, to name 14. In addition to his wife and children and parents, Pete is survived by his sisters, Debbie Midkiff (Mark) of Westfield, IN and Penny Phillips (Randy) of Louisville, KY, brother-in-law Jeff Wilkinson (Debbie), of Somerset, KY, and 7 nieces and nephews. Pete will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Heron Island Village Improvement Society, P.O. Box 2273, 15 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME 04116 or Friends of Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Due to the coronavirus, a celebration of Pete’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

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Kelly McClarnon

May 14, 2020

Like many others, I was stunned and shocked to hear of the sudden passing of our friend, Pete Peterson. I was introduced to Pete, back in 2003 upon joining City Securities ( the insurance division, no less. ) We became fast friends and as a result, I was introduced to and got to know not only his family, but that very large community known as "Pete's Friends." To be able to say that I was Pete's friend is truly one of the greatest honor's of my life. I pray that Pete knew or came to know just how much he was loved and valued by all of us. God's speed to all in this very difficult time. - "Patches"

Mike Geraty

May 12, 2020

Baseball cap, shorts and a sweatshirt, white socks and tennis shoes, sitting outside with his legs crossed, working the phone, readers on the tip of his nose, sunglasses, red solo cup and cigarettes nearby.
He was quick to pick up the tab and tipped generously.
He loved a good road trip and he loved to holler.
We talked or texted every couple of days and I'm going to miss my dear friend, Pete.
Yezzzz
Condolences to Julie, JDPIV, Alex, JDPII, Nancy, Debbie, Penny and all his relatives.

Blair Karsch

May 10, 2020

A true Guy Will be missed admired by all that knew him Kman

Nancy Peterson

May 10, 2020

On this Mother’s Day, I would just like to thank friends of Pete’s, friends of ours, and all who have sent lovely messages of condolence. We so appreciate your care and concern and especially prayers. We will miss him, but will hang on to those memories him forever. I would like to thank his old buddy Will Higgins who wrote this “ portrait” of Pete. He covered well the rich life Pete lived for the past 62 years. Peace be with you all.

John Payne

May 10, 2020

Julie,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband John. While the road ahead will be difficult I know you are strong and will find your way. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Dr John Payne

Bob Storms

May 9, 2020

To all of the Petersons, I would like to send my deepest condolences. Pete was a cheerful and patriotic soul and I will always cherish our high school years and annual meetings at the The Track.
Rest In Peace old friend.
Stormy

Robert Sullivan

May 9, 2020

Pete was the most trusted, selfless, non-judgemental, fun, endearing friend we all ever had. We were all spokes and he was the hub of life’s wheel. He will be immeasurably missed by all he touched.

Tom Jackson

May 8, 2020

Great memories of my 73rd street neighbor Pete and specifically the time we "disappeared" as we were exploring White River trails and came home to upset parents and a sheriff in the driveway......

Jeff Dugdale

May 8, 2020

Julie,
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I have fond memories of Pete during our days at North Central High School. I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

Jeff Dugdale

Patti Johnson

May 7, 2020

Julie,
I am so sorry. My heart just aches for you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers


Patti Johnson

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