OBITUARY

Andrew W. Peterson

July 5, 1994August 19, 2018

Andrew Wade Peterson, 24, born July 5, 1994 in Lincoln, NE., died Sunday, August 19, 2018. Andrew graduated from Southeast High School in 2013. He was awarded the Regents Scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska/Lincoln majoring in Math Education. He graduated May 2017, magna cum laude. Hired as a math teacher at Lincoln High School in 2017, Andrew’s interests included planning lessons, reading, solving math problems, Dr. Who, and collecting Rubik cubes. He was clearly known by his sense of humor, specifically, his love of puns. He could easily ‘pun up you’ any day of the week. Andrew would say that the students either laughed at his jokes or laughed at him, either way they were laughing, so it was all good. Colleagues and students from Lincoln High indicate his passion for students was exemplary. Andrew worked tirelessly to find ways to help them grasp the complexity of math in a simple way. He utilized creative and innovative techniques to reach this goal. His kindness and willingness to help convinced students of his sincerity. Andrew will always be known for his encouraging nature, quick wit, compassion and gentleness. Andrew was and is valued and deeply loved. Andrew is survived by mother Melody Peterson, siblings Luke Peterson (Madison Jurgens) and Hayden Peterson, grandmother Marjorie Thompson, aunts and uncles Sally (and Milford) Thieszen, Bob (and Tina) Peterson, Karl Peterson, Eric Peterson, Kevin (and Patti) Peterson, Annette Thompson, Rebekah (and Jerry) Franck, and Joyce (and Brian) Ubben, and numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by father Kurt Peterson, infant brother Joseph Peterson, grandfather Paul Thompson, and grandparents Kenneth and Jean Peterson, uncle Daniel Thompson and cousin Joshua Ubben. Andrew’s passion for his students was foremost in all his conversations. He was constantly looking for effective methods to help his students grasp the concepts as well as to ignite a lifelong love for Math. Due to this, memorials will be given to the Lincoln High Math Department so others on his team can bring math alive for their students as well.

Services

  • Visitation with Family Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 24, 2018

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Polly Ubben

August 26, 2018

So heart breaking! Your son was a beautiful person. My daughter, Corbin Ubben went to school with Andrew at LSE. They were in the same math class together. She thought very highly of Andrew and when she told me you lost him I wanted to reach out to let you know!

Linda Benedict

August 26, 2018

Dear Melody,
My deepest condolences for your loss. I did not know Andrew, but you are my childhood friend. I cry for you. We should never have to bury our children. I find comfort in the hope of the resurrection to a paradise earth. The day will come that Andrew will live again in paradise. Psalm 37:11, I hope to meet him at that time.
You and your family are in thoughts. Love you, Linda

Pat Kohl

August 24, 2018

I have been out of town and just recently heard of the great loss of Andrew. I was privileged to have Andrew as a student in AP World History at LSE. He was a remarkable, intelligent student and I'm thrilled he went on to teach at LHS. But I am so saddened by your loss.

Hollis Alexander-Ramsay

August 24, 2018

I came to know Andrew through my daughter Astrid because they became friends at Pound Middle school and stayed friends until his passing. Andrew visited our home several times. He was polite, friendly, warm, funny, and a pleasure to be around. Himself and Astrid would have movie marathons which they enjoyed immensely. I loved Andrew like my own son. He made us all proud and had such a great future. He was helping educate the next generation, a job he did so well. May his soul RIP. His legacy will live on in the lives he touched. To his family, we send prayers always.

Mark & Gwen Behrends

August 23, 2018

Dear Melody,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Mark & I just want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you know God's love, help and strength every moment as you go through this terribly difficult time.
With much love,
Mark & Gwen Behrends

Jake Winemiller

August 23, 2018

I will always love Andrew, Luke, and Hayden. I had the pleasure of being a part of Andrew's life, and it was he who blessed me, not I him. His love will be transferred to all with whom he crossed paths. He was (and always will be) so very special and we will pass down his love and passion to those whom we encounter in our lives.
I remember Andrew in the classroom and he was so special. He had a zest for life that was invigorating. He was much more capable than I, and I am happy knowing that so many benefitted from the love and brilliance that Andrew exuded.
Andrew's mom, Melody, is a fantastic person and did a wonderful job with her children. They are all so amazing and successful largely because of her loving efforts. All of our love goes to her, Hayden and Luke. I am looking forward to the day when we can all be together again.

Love Always, The Winemiller's (Jake, Sheila, Jack, Hannah, and Johnson)

Bill and Judy Nissen

August 22, 2018

Melody and family. So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed by all who know and love him.

Karen Lyons

August 22, 2018

Andrew took two Honors classes from me at UNL, Great Love Stories and Mystery and Film. He was so bright, talented, creative, supportive of his fellow students and inspiring to them. He worked tirelessly, not only to succeed but to do so with dignity and grace. He valued education for the sake of learning and took every opportunity to learn. And he did all of this with a delightful sense of humor.

I am so sorry to hear of your loss and I will be thinking of you in the days to come.


Sincerely, Karen Lyons

Kathy Bussard

August 22, 2018

Mrs. Peterson and family, my heartfelt condolences to you and all of Andrew's family for your great loss of such an important person in your lives. Mr. Peterson was my daughter's math teacher last school year, and although I only spoke with him twice, I felt everything you describe him to be. He was bright, personable and witty. My daughter loved the way he taught math and admired him. You have much to be proud of this remarkable young man.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY