Gary N. Peterson

July 4, 1941 ~ December 10, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Gary Peterson Obituary

The Lord, in His mercy, called Gary home to heaven on December 10, 2023, while on hospice care. He is now released of all suffering from ALS.

Gary was born in rural Osseo, WI, on July 4, 1941 to parents Norman and Vivian Peterson. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Whitehall, WI. Gary grew up on his family’s farm southeast of Strum, WI. He attended Bruce Valley and North Branch Elementary schools and graduated from Eleva-Strum Central High School in 1959. Gary was joined in marriage to Pearl “Sharon” Heath on March 4, 1961. They were blessed with four children: daughter DeLayne, and sons Darrel, David, and Dustin.

Gary worked in Auto Parts and co-owned a store for several years. In the last years before retirement, he ran the auto parts department at Chippewa Valley Technical College. After retirement Gary drove shuttle for Eau Claire Automotive Group for 15 years. He also proudly served as a volunteer firefighter for 45 years in the Washington Township. Gary was a coin club member and he enjoyed that hobby. He was a dedicated member of Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served in several offices, taught Sunday School for 44 years, and sang in the choir. Gary went deer hunting with his sons and friends every year. He enjoyed meeting with his “coffee friends”.

Gary is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sharon; daughter DeLayne Peterson of Bloomington, MN; David (Shelly) Peterson and Dustin (Jodi) Peterson of Eau Claire; 5 grandchildren – Ashley Peterson, Kyle (Moriah) Peterson, Hannah (Nathan) Maskevich, Gretta (fiancé Jens Staff), and Madeline Peterson; 7 great-grandchildren; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Vivian Peterson, son Darrel on June 10, 2023, and daughter-in-law Virginia Peterson, in-laws Frank and Helma Heath, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, a niece and a nephew.

Gary was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, and a kind friend to many.

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Memorial service for Gary will take place at 11 am on Monday, December 18, 2023 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3715 London Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Pastor Paul Webber officiating. Visitation will take place at the church that morning from 9 am until the time of service. Inurnment in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery in German Valley will take place at 3 pm on Monday.

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December 18, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Concordia Lutheran Church (London Road)

Memorial Service
December 18, 2023

11:00 AM
Concordia Lutheran Church (London Road)

Private Family Inurnment

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