MARQUETTE, Mich. - Eugene D. Peterson, formerly of Republic and of Marquette, Mich., died after a lengthy illness on August 26 in Palm Bay, FL, where he had been a resident for the past 31 years.
Gene was born on Dec. 18, 1926, in Republic to Robert C. and Lillian Peterson. He served in the Marine Corps, 1944-1946. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Millimaki), who lives in Palm Bay, and his three daughters, Kristine (Kenneth Robertson), Nancy, and Cheryl; his grandchildren, John Robertson and Kathleen (Craig Shaffer); and one great-grandson, Cooper Shaffer; nephew Drew Peterson and niece Shelley Peterson Knepp.
Gene helped manufacture the first color televisions in the Chicago area, and in the 1960s he helped develop the technical side of Iron Range Cable Company in Marquette County. He was the founder and owner of Marquette Music Store on Washington Street and in the Marquette Mall. He was a gifted musician and a lifelong member of the Musician's Union, Local 205, of Green Bay, Wis., and played guitar in the Marine Corps, in the Upper Peninsula, and in the Chicago area. Recently he has played guitar and his beloved guit-organ in various bands on the east coast of Florida. His musical talent will be greatly missed.
Eugene D. Peterson
Gene was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Palm Bay. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother, Robert O. Peterson, and by his son-in-law Kenneth Robertson. Burial is being arranged by Brownlie & Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne, Fla. No services are planned at this time.