COOKS - Walter R. Peterson, 91, of Cooks, died on Nov. 11, 2012, at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.
He was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Cooks, the son of Oscar and Hazel (Smith) Peterson and was a graduate of Cooks High School with the Class of 1941.
Walter proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the survey section of the 266th Heavy Field Artillery Battalion which fought in five major campaigns in the European Theatre, including the Battle of the Bulge.
Walter R. Peterson
He was a hard working perfectionist and there wasn't much that he couldn't build or fix. He was employed at the Inland Lime and Stone Company for 36 years, ending his career as a machinist in 1983.
He loved hunting, trout and fly fishing, bowling, 3-wheeling, snowmobiling, playing softball and horseshoes, golfing, and flying the J3 Piper Cub airplane that he co-owned with his good friend Ralph Kennedy.
Walt was a member of the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post 4420 of Manistique, the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club and the local Civil Air Patrol. He assisted with Little League Baseball and was also a Boy Scout leader for a short time.
Walter is survived by his twin sons, Darryl (Kathy) Peterson of Cooks and Daniel (Linda) Peterson of Stevens Point, Wis.; daughter, Alane (John) Wills of Menominee; grandchildren, Dr. Jacob (Kristin) Peterson, Neil (Elizabeth) Peterson, Heather (Jeff) Wills-Burnside, Heidi Wills and Tracy Wills; great-grandchildren, Grace, Haley, Oliver, Isadora, Lily and Isla; brother, Howard (Linda) Peterson of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; one niece; one nephew; and several cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Helmer; an infant son, Arden; and his feline buddy, Baxter.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A Veterans Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m.
Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home with Reverend David Hueter officiating.
Burial will be held in the Inwood Township Cemetery at Cooks. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.