Robert H. Peterson

Robert H. Peterson
Robert was born on October 25, 1936, in Escanaba, MI; he passed away June 12, 2009 in Kalamazoo, MI. Mr. Peterson was the son of Harold and Elsie Irene (Anderson) Peterson. He is survived by his loving wife Ruth and sons Jon (Lisa), of Farmington Hills, and Erik (Christy) of Kalamazoo. Robert is also survived by an aunt, Alvina Botwright of Escanaba; cousins Wayne (Barbara) Botwright, Neil (Sandy) Botwright all of Escanaba. Additional family survivors are John E. (Barbara) Peterson, of Vero Beach, FL and Sally Peterson (John) Hanson of Michigan. Robert graduated from Escanaba High school and attended Western Michigan University where he earned his BS and MA degrees. While a student at Western, Robert was a member of Delta Chi social fraternity, ODK honorary fraternity and a member of Men’s Judiciary Board. He taught industrial arts in Flint (MI) area high schools, and subsequently taught in England and Japan. Following his overseas travels and experiences, Robert returned to WMU in 1965 where he began a 31 year administrative career and Manager of the Residence Halls facilities. Robert retired from WMU in 1996 and with Ruth, continued to pursue collecting antiques as a hobby. He routinely enjoyed traveling to Vermont and New Hampshire in support of his avid antique collecting. He also enjoyed genealogy research, woodworking, stamp and coin collecting, and theater. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo. Memorial services will be held Thursday June 18th, 2009 at 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Douglas W.Vernon. In place of floral tributes, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
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