Friday, July 24, 2015

Remembering Grandpa Lee

At my Dad's memorial service my brother Joel put together a beautiful eulogy and bulletin with a short remembrance of my Dad. I wanted to print it here as well so we can always look back and remember him. Eric put together a great slide show to display at the lunch after the service and so I am including some of those pictures as well. There is no way to really do justice in this space but the words and pictures are too special not to repeat. 



Leland Gary Peterson Jr. April 12, 1943 - July 10, 2015
Faith is a living and unshakable confidence, a
belief in the grace of God so assured that a man
would die a thousand deaths for its sake.
Martin Luther



Lee was born April 12, 1943 in Spencer, Iowa to Leland Harry and Caroline Marie. He had five brothers and sisters Sonja Kreitzer, Stewart Peterson, Patsy Patterson, Douglas Peterson and Penny Costigon.
He married Janis Ruth Hartkopf on June 20, 1970 in Chicago, IL at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. They have three children, Joel Gary Peterson, Eric Scott Peterson and Sara Elizabeth Davis. He had six grandchildren.
He received his education at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska graduating in 1966 with a BA degree in Art and Education.
He began his career as an elementary school teacher at St. Luke Lutheran School in Oaklawn, Illinois. Later he became a special education teacher’s assistant and school bus driver for a school in Chicago. After several years in the teaching profession he worked for an office supply company as a salesman. He then became employed by General Motors in their locomotive division and later became a foreman.
In 1985 Lee and Janis decided to be closer to extended family and moved the family to Southern California eventually settling in Simi Valley. He joined his brother Stewart's business as the manager of his Mobil gas station in Reseda, CA. He worked with him for 30 years until his retirement. While at the Mobil “station” Lee and Stewart employed many of the cousins and gave many of us our first or very early work experience. While working in Southern California he developed and interest in Spanish speaking culture and taught himself to speak Spanish by studying books in his spare time.
Lee enjoyed travel when he had the opportunity. He took a fishing trip with Eric to Alaska catching Salmon and Halibut and met Sara and Alex in China and Hong Kong. He also took a trip to New York City in recent years with Eric to see a taping of the Jimmy Fallon show. Always known for his sense of humor, he was a big fan of late night comedy shows and one of Jimmy Fallon’s biggest fans.
Throughout his lifetime Lee was a dedicated member of the Lutheran Church. In the last decade he was a member and valued leader at El Redentor Lutheran church in Panorama City, CA. He was very involved in church and attended almost every Sunday even after he recovered from surgery. 











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