Former Matherville family celebrates Robert G. Peterson's 80th birthday
The children of the late Earl M. Peterson and Minnie E. Olomon Peterson of Matherville gathered in February to honor their brother, Robert G. Peterson, on his 80th birthday.
He was born Feb. 17, 1931 in Aledo. He attended schools in Matherville, Viola, Alpha and Sherrard. He retired from John Deere Harvester the week of May 1, 1980 with 32 years of service. In his retirement years over the past 18 years he has delivered brand new cars to 20 states for three Quad City car dealerships.
On Dec. 3, 1953, he entered the Army and was sent to the Korean War. After 22 days travel from Seattle, Wash. on the USS Randall he reached Korea. He served in the cities of Pusam, Tague, Mason and Inchon, Korea. He served under the 4 Star General Matthew Ridgeway. The return trip took 21 days from Inchon, Korea to Seattle, Wash. He was discharged Nov. 16, 1955. The City of Inchon, Korea was the island, General Douglas MacArthur, landed on when President Harry S. Truman fired MacArthur.
Robert began work at John Deere Harvester in East Moline on April 28, 1948 and retired May 1, 1980. By 1990 he had visited 48 states. He belongs to the Moline American Legion Post 246, and the East Moline Union 865.
Robert has been feted at two birthday celebrations of late. One event was held at the Aledo Livermore Hotel at the Liberty Station Steakhouse with his brothers, Daryl R. Peterson of Moline and Lyle and Marge Peterson of Rustic Acres in Colona. The second event was held at Franks Pizza Restaurant in Bettendorf hosted by Daryl R. Peterson. Robert received a Money Tree from family members. He also received a huge American flag, flown over the Capital building in Kabul, Afghanistan and presented to Robert by his nephew William Duncan, who is employed by the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Duncan goes all over the world on assignments for the Pentagon and currently is in Afghanistan. Robert received a lifetime membership to the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) from his sister, Ruth Ann Peterson Dabrowski and her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Dabrowski of Manchester, N.H.
Robert has one grandson and several great-grandchildren living out of state. He has 112 nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews living all over the USA.
Roberts' only child, Pamela Peterson Terry, lost her life in a tragic accident on Nov. 29, 1999 in San Bernardino, Calif. His grandson Michael DeRoo died Aug. 5, 2008 in Moline. Robert has three deceased brothers and a step-brother (Edward), also deceased in Arizona in 1990.
Robert enjoys all sports, watching movies and cable t.v., History channel, reading and taking care of his home in Colona. He keeps up to date on the local and world news.
In 2005, at the age of 74, Robert returned to school and graduated with high honors with an overall score of 94. He has his framed diploma on his living room wall. Robert studied a wide variety of subjects including social sciences, human social development, communication, American history, great presidents and leaders of America, government over the last 50 years, ecology, biology, math that included algebra and geometry, speech and the history of the atom.
Robert is the stepson of the late Hattie N. Peterson of Viola.