John S. Peterson

MARQUETTE, Mich. – John Stuart Peterson formerly of 480 Brickyard Road, Marquette, died March 25, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans where he had been a resident for seven years.

Born August 27, 1917, to Frank and Diana (LaValliere) Peterson in Menominee, Michigan, he joined the Army in 1940 and with the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, settled in for a five-year hitch. He served in the 71st Liaison Squadron as a Liaison Pilot in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

John came to Marquette on leave with a service friend, Delbert Guelff. Upon meeting Del’s red-haired sister Mary Anne, John knew he had found his future wife.

After a whirlwind one-month courtship and another year of letter writing, Mary Anne rode the train to Statesboro, Georgia to marry John. She returned to her father’s farm pregnant with their first child to wait for her husband’s return while he shipped overseas.

After the war, John moved in with the Guelffs at their farm and started looking for work to support his young family. Soon he was hired by Spear and Sons as their General Manager and remained with them for 26 successful and productive years.

John and Mary Anne were charter members of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Marquette Township, where John served as president of the Men’s Club for many years. Additional civic service included over 20 years on the Marquette Township Board in varied capacities including Supervisor, Clerk and Trustee. As President of the Peter White Public Library Township Advisory Council, John served for 13 years as a staunch advocate of the Library.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Franklin, daughter Dianne, wife Mary Anne (Guelff), and son-in-law Charles (Pamela) Clark. He leaves behind his three sons Joseph, Jon (Michelle), and Peter (Diane), and daughter Pamela; grandchildren Paul (Tracy), Nikki Jo and Pierce; Mariana and Bjorn; Niklas and Claire Peterson; and Daniel (Mercedes), Alana and Cheryl Clark; great-grandchildren Connor and Sophia Peterson. A special thank you to the many kind and patient nurses, aides, employees, volunteers and doctors at the Jacobetti Veteran Facility who always saw the best in John and cared for him with respect and compassion.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Guelff farm in the summer, date to be determined. The Koskey Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed online at koskeyfuneralhome. com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Christopher’s Building fund, Peter White Public Library, or the Jacobetti Veteran’s Facility in John’s memory.