Edward Lee Peterson, 84, formerly of Headquarters
Surrounded by his loving family, our husband, dad, papa, and friend died on Aug. 16, 2013, at his home in Clarkston, WA.
Edward Lee Peterson was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Culbertson, MT, to Nova Ratledge and Eric Gustav Peterson. He attended school in Bainville and played baseball, football and basketball. He later moved with his family to Eugene, OR. He joined the U.S. Navy when he was 16 years old and was honorably discharged after three years.
After his time in the Navy, Ed moved to Headquarters, where he worked in the logging camps. During this time, he met Joan Marsh, who was spending the summer in Headquarters. He was instantly smitten. When summer ended, Joan went back to her home in Lewiston. Ed then made 200-mile round trips in order to court her. They were married Oct. 6, 1951, in Lewiston.
They made their home in Clarkston, where they raised their family.
Ed worked at Potlatch for many years until his retirement. He coached his children's baseball teams and was a scorekeeper for several years. He supported his children's and grandchildren's sports by attending their events and cheering them on.
He had many interests, including reading, working in his yard, crossword puzzles, sports, history, keeping up on current events and golf - especially golf. He was proud of the two holes-in-one that he achieved during his many years of playing golf.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; stepdad, James Delaney; brothers, William and Walter; parents-in-law, Ben and Marcella Marsh; son-in-law, Daniel Porter; and sister-in-law, Sally Bowlds. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children, David (Pete), Bob (Pret), Diane Porter, Roger and his wife, Marlene, Nadine and her husband, Ty Walters, Julie and her husband, Jerry Rogers, and Dale and his wife, Christine; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his best friend, Kenny Schmidt. He is also survived by his four-legged buddies, Charlie and Nellie.
There will be a private graveside service followed by a celebration of Dad's life from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday at 1121 16th Ave., Clarkston.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Debbie from Hospice for her loving care, to Ann Marie for her moral support, and to Heidi for her massages that helped our dad feel so much better.
Please sign the online guest book at www.vassar-rawls.com.
Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck
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