William Emerson Peterson
William Emerson Peterson, 90, of Carrollton went to be with the Lord early Friday morning, Oct. 15, at the Carroll County Golden Age Retreat, where he had been a resident for three months.
Born June 12, 1920 in Jefferson County, he was a son of the late Marion B. and Mary Neola (McBain) Peterson.
Bill moved to the Carrollton area with most of his large family prior to the outbreak of World War II. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific theater for three and one-half years during the war.
He attained the rank of master sergeant and was a maintenance crew chief for a mostly B-17 squadron.
Mr. Peterson married the former Genevieve Rutledge Brooks April 28, 1946 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist church.
“Pete”, as he was known to many in the Carrollton area, worked 32 years for the Standard Oil Company at service stations in Carrollton and Minerva until his retirement. He was elected and served as a Center Twp. Trustee and also worked for Center Twp. following his retirement from Standard Oil.
Bill was also a part-time farmer who raised beef cattle on the farm that recently was turned over to the people of Carroll County for a community park.
He was a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church where he was a member of the choir for many years and loved to take part in seasonal cantatas.
He was a continuous supporter of Carrollton athletics, rarely missing football and basketball games and spent much time attending athletic events of his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Peterson was preceded in death by brothers Owen of Cadiz, Dean of Wintersville and Max of Alliance, and sisters Helen (Bill) Mull and Dorothy (Bill) Newburn of Unionport, Margaret Davis of Carrollton, Jo (Jack) Cole of Carrollton and Betty (Donald) Baker of Louisville.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gennie; sons William B. (Barbara) of Carrollton and Lanny (Kendra) of East Twp.; daughters Judy (Lynn) Capper of Carrollton, Susie (Donald) McCorkle of Vincennes, IN, Peggy (Craig) Deibel of North Canton and Becky (Micah) Hartong of near Mechanicstown; grandchildren Travis (Debbie) and Roman (Melissa) Capper, Rachel (Capper) Jon Rinkes, Targan (Ashleigh Brooks) Peterson, Jasmine (Peterson) Rashidi Hodari, Natalie Deibel (Rich Campbell), Anna (Deibel) Justen Stickley, Erica Deibel, Ashley (McCorkle) Bruce Fleetwood, Kiley (McCorkle) Adam Thomas, Kaitlin and Jacob Peterson, and Caleb and Lane Hartong; great-grandchildren Josey and Mariska Capper, Ava Capper, Jillian and Jaxon Rinkes, Faith and Aiden Fleetwood, and Remington, Lincoln and Sawyer Thomas. He is also survived by brothers Ronald (Etta Mae) of Carrollton, Marion B. Jr. (Dorothy) of Carrollton and Robert (Helen) of Louisville.
Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home in Carrollton. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sweeney-Dodds with Rev. Carl H. Orphanides officiating. Internment will follow in Westview Cemetery in Carrollton.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Peterson’s name to the Carrollton Warrior Athletic Booster Club, c/o Carrollton Athletic Dept., 252 Third St. NE, Carrollton, Ohio 44615.