Obituaries - July 30, 2005

Carl Peterson, Sr.

Carl John Peterson, Sr., died July 18, 2005, at his Hood River home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Wamic Grange Hall.

Carl was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Milwaukie, Ore., the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Estacada High School in 1940 and began rodeo competition shortly thereafter. Carl got his first taste of rodeo at age 14 when he won $20 riding broncos.

In 1942 Carl joined the Navy and served as storekeeper until he was Honorably Discharged in 1945. Most of this time was spent in the South Pacific.

Carl married O’Dessie Wisner in 1948 and moved to Wamic in spring of 1952, where they farmed and supplemented income by hiring out field work with his tractor and equipment.

When the mill at Tygh Valley needed help Carl hired on to the green chain and began working his way up, until he finally retired as mill superintendent. When Carl retired from the mill he became very active in community affairs and senior activities.

Carl was an avid supporter of Senior Services including lobbyist and board member of Pioneer Potlatch in The Dalles. He helped prepare and serve meals at several senior centers in the area. He also helped serve meals to groups for special events held near Wamic including bicyclists and trackers. Carl was also very active in implementing the waste water management system in Wamic.

In 2002 Carl moved to Hood River, Ore., where he continued to garden and enjoyed daily trips on the C.A.T. bus to the senior center for lunch with the gang.

Carl was a longtime member of the Wamic Community Church, Grange, VFW, and Legion. He became a member of Hood River Valley Christian Church and was baptized in August 2003.

Carl was preceded in death by his mother, Rikka Peterson; father, Knut Peterson; brothers Pete Peterson and Haakon Peterson; sister, Ida Fink; wife, O’Dessie Peterson; and sons Carl Peterson Jr., Glen Peterson and Dennis Peterson.

He is survived by sisters Burk Finnila, Marie Dierks, Nora Morton, and Laura Thate; sons Dean Peterson and Thomas Peterson; daughters Elaine Burke, Susan Mitchell, Alice Knowles, and Samantha Mason; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or the Wamic Historical Society, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.

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