Eugene Hilding Peterson

June 19, 1923April 7, 2018
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Eugene H. Peterson, age 94 passed away peacefully at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital on April 7, 2018.

“Gene” was born June 19, 1923 in Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his father Hilding Peterson, mother Signe Peterson, younger brother Richard Peterson, and Gene’s wife of 64 years Margaret Bowman Peterson. He is survived by his sister Muriel Hesse, his daughter Margaret Ann Martin (Don), sons Timothy A. Peterson, C. Mark Peterson (Cindy), 4 granddaughters, Emily Ann Peterson, Anna Armstrong (Daniel), Angela Fiedler (Brock), Rachel Peterson – and 3 great grandchildren, Valerie and Claire Fiedler and Eli Armstrong. After high school, Gene volunteered for the US Marine Corps and served during World War II as a combat wireman in the 12th Marine Regimental Artillery of the Third Marine Division in the Pacific Theater. As a 20-year-old Private First Class, Gene experienced combat on Guadalcanal and later made amphibious landings with his fellow marines in the island battles of Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. He served with heroes then. He became a hero to his family and friends over the course of his life. After the war, Gene graduated from the University of Michigan. He spent most of his working life as an executive for the American Cancer Society with postings in Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and finally, Georgia – where he served as National Vice President for the Southeast Area. He lived in Atlanta for 52 years. In his retirement years, Gene wrote and published a memoir of his experience in the US Marine Corps, Still a PFC. Gene was a member of Mount Paran Church of God and participated in a variety of programs there. His devotion to his family, friends and co-workers will remain inspirational to those who knew him.

Gene will be remembered at a memorial service at Mount Paran Church, 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta 30327, on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The family will greet friends before the service at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow later at Georgia National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Paran Church of God Missions, 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta, GA 30327 or the American Cancer Society at


  • Margaret Ann Martin, Daughter
  • Don Martin, Son-in-law
  • Timothy A. Peterson, Son
  • C. Mark Peterson, Son
  • Cindy Peterson, Daughter-in-law
  • Muriel Hesse, Sister
  • Emily Ann Peterson, Granddaughter
  • Anna Armstrong, Granddaughter
  • Daniel Armstrong, Grandson-in-Law
  • Angela Fiedler, Granddaughter
  • Brock Fiedler, Grandson-in-Law
  • Rachel Peterson, Granddaughter
  • Valerie Fiedler, Great Granddaughter
  • Claire Fiedler, Great Granddaughter
  • Eli Armstrong, Great Grandson


  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 13, 2018

Eugene Hilding Peterson

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David Holleb

December 7, 2018

My Dad was the Senior Vice President for Medical affairs of the American Cancer Society in New York City. I was down in Atlanta looking for a job in 1978 (just out of college) and the Peterson's took me in until I found a job and rented an apartment. Gene took me out to Morrison's Cafeteria for dinner and loved my Inspector Clousoue imitations from The Pink Panther. When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, Margaret dropped me off at the oral surgeon and picked me up. She was my second Mom during that trial! Gene sent me his book about being a marine in the Pacific. He was a great man and I feel priveleged to have known him.

Leo Calabrese

April 9, 2018

One of the greatest honors and pleasures in my life was getting to know Mr. and Mrs. Petersen and their wonderfully devoted children. They are the epitome of grace and dignity. A gift from Mr. Petersen I will always treasure is a copy of his memoirs as a young Marine in the South Pacific. A true hero, and like most heroes, humble and unassuming. God bless you Gene, and I know you and Margaret are back together dancing up a storm in Heaven.

Reita Holden

April 9, 2018

It was an absolute honor to know Mr. Peterson and his family. I recently viewed his incredible TV interview regarding the book he wrote and the time line of his life. He was a great man who visited his wife daily at Peachtree Creek. His children were a pleasure to know. Mr. Peterson was a man of true value, honor, and principle and he will be greatly missed.

With deepest sympathy,

Reita Holden
Director of Memory Care
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3250 Quick Water Landing
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