Roger H. Peterson, 79, of Rochester, completed his life’s journey Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. He was visiting the Brainerd area while on vacation.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Roger Henry Peterson was born Oct. 18, 1932, in Rockford, Ill., to Minnie and Harry Peterson. He graduated from Rockford West High School in 1951. He began preparing to become a Lutheran parochial school teacher by attending Concordia College in St. Paul, and then Concordia College in River Forest. Ill. In 1953, he decided to pursue a different career path, in Engineering. He married his high-school sweetheart, Jean Skoumal in 1953, and together they moved to Houghton, Mich., where he attended Michigan Tech. He graduated from there as the class Salutatorian with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1956, and was awarded a PhD fellowship by Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, Pa. He later went on receive an M.A. degree in Mathematics from St. Mary’s College in Winona. Roger was recruited by IBM, so he and Jean moved to Rochester, in 1957. He retired from IBM after working there for 34 years.
Roger greatest joy was being with his family. He also enjoyed photography, music, books, cats, fairs, trains, golf, movies and all things “techie.” He traveled all over the U.S. enjoying trailer camping with his family. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clifford.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean; two children, Beth Peterson and her husband, Steve Palm of Plymouth and David Peterson and his wife, Jane of La Crescent; and two grandchildren, Hannah and Nathan Peterson of La Crescent.
Roger will be remembered for his love for God, his giving and caring spirit, and his love for his family. Roger will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church.