Don Peterson, 80 - August 17, 2012Don L. Peterson, 80, of Cozad passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
A visitation will be conducted on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Services will take place Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Cozad Bible Church with the Rev. J.C. Calhoun officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be conducted at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Peterson was born June 24, 1932, north of Gothenburg in Custer County to Harry Lyle Peterson and Mabel Concordia Maline Peterson.
He attended elementary school at New Hope School and then graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1950.
Peterson farmed with his father and brothers, Gene and Duane. In 1953, he spent two years with the United States Army. He served his country in Austria with the occupational force until May 1955.
On May 26, 1957, he married Margilu Ellen Anderson. The couple resided in the New Hope community.
As a young man, Peterson accepted the Lord as his personal Savior when attending services at the Gothenburg Baptist Church, said family members.
He was a member of the New Hope Evangelical Free Church where he served as church chairman, Sunday School superintendent, middle school youth group leader and Sunday School teacher, and attended the Cozad Bible Church. He enjoyed the men’s fellowship meetings at the Svea Dahl Church and Singspiration at Tallin Church, family members said.
Peterson was also a member of the Custer County Extension Board and a member of the Youth for Christ Board in North Platte. He served as secretary of the New Hope School District No. 153 for many years, and was a 4-H leader for the New Hope Buddies Livestock Club. He enjoyed helping with the county fair and the Spanneth 4-H Club which had livestock shows together, according to family.
He owned the Daylight Donut Shop in Cozad for 18 years and enjoyed all the friends he made there, family said. He also enjoyed his children and grandchildren with their many activities.
Peterson was preceded in death by: his parents, Harry and Mabel; a sister, Barbara Kay; brother, Gene.
Survivors include: his wife, Margilu of Cozad; his daughter, Julie (Chuck) of Manhatten, KS; sons—Jeff (Paula) of Seward and Kurt (Christine) of Rockford, MN, eight grandchildren—Kalen, Keith, Amanda, Daniel, Abby, Emily, Lexi and Adam; brother, Duane (Lavonne) Peterson of Gothenburg; sister, JoAnn (Boyd) Phillippi of Cozad; sister-in-law, Janey Peterson of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Dr. Ted (Shirley) Anderson of Lincoln; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Cozad Bible Church and the New Hope Evangelical Free Church of Gothenburg.