Funeral services for Charles W. Peterson Sr. were held Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Greybull. “Chuck” passed away quietly Dec. 28 at the Mountain View Living Center in Sheridan after a brief illness.
Chuck was born May 15, 1926, in Greybull to Arthur J. and Mary (Simmons) Peterson. He had three brothers: two of them older, Arthur J. and Leo B., and one of them younger, Theodor. All preceded him in death.
Chuck started school in the East Emblem Elementary School. In 1934 he transferred to the Greybull school system as the family moved to 332 Sixth Ave. N. where he lived until he left for the Navy in 1944. He was a graduate of Greybull High School. He played trombone in the marching band and played football.
He entered the Navy on May 13, 1944, and did his training in Farragut, Idaho for 8 weeks. He served on the USS Magoffin for the duration of the war. He received the American Area, Victory Medal, World War II, Asiatic-Pacific Area and was discharged on May 20, 1946. His ship was at the Saipan Battle and the Battle of Okinawa. He entered Tokyo Bay days after the surrender of Japan.
He came home and married Madeline Tolman on March 24, 1948. They moved in at 400 Seventh Ave. N. in Greybull where they raised their family. Madeline passed away on December 27, 2003.
Chuck was very active in his church, Grace Lutheran Church in Greybull, and also active in the American Legion. In recent years, he was the bugler at Memorial Day Ceremonies and at the gravesites of veterans in the Big Horn Basin. He was active in planning the memorial of the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.
He was often present at “Coffee Hour” at the Sugar Shack and was known to always speak his mind. Often he had a joke or funny story to share.
Chuck is survived by his five children: Chuckie (Bonnie) of Greybull, Linda (Paul) Ackerly of Casper, Bob (Amy) of Greybull, Susie (Chris) Goodwin of Casper, and Kerry Lynn (Joel) Melby of Jacksonville, Fla.; 14 grandchildren: Krystal, Brandon, Jenny, Ernie, Carl, Justin, Nancy, Elaine, Denise, Brian, Mitchell, Alysa, Shawna, and Brent; and many great-grandchildren.
After the service, military honors were performed jointly by the Greybull American Legion Post No. 32 and the Greybull VFW Leonard C. Purkey Post #3305 at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull.
Memorials in Chuck’s name will be received at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the American Legion Post #32 and the Greybull VFW Leonard C. Purkey Post #3305.