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James E. Peterson

James Peterson, age 91, of Philip, died Saturday evening, September 15, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Wednesday, September 19, at the American Legion Hall with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, Glenn Parsons, guitarist/vocalist, and congregational singing. Ushers were Bud Stickler and Cliff Ramsey. Pallbearers were Ed Buchholz, Mick Mortellaro, Howard Eggers, Ron Millage, Jerry Thompson and Mel Smith.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip. Rush Funeral Home of Philip was in charge of the arrangements.

James E. Peterson was born July 17, 1916, at his parents' ranch home on Deadman Creek, in the Grindstone area, the son of John Q. and Wilhelmina (Buchholz) Peterson. He received his education at the North Lincoln School in the Grindstone community. As a young man he worked on his parents' ranch, also for various ranchers in the Philip area. He later worked for the WPA in the Grindstone and Ash Creek area.

James was united in marriage to Lucile Dean on September 23, 1940, in Philip. They made their home on the Peterson Ranch near Grindstone until 1947, at which time they purchased the former Dick Mathison ranch three miles east of Philip. James continued to live and work on the ranch all his life.

James served on the school board of the Magnuson #56 School District, was a member of the Stockgrowers Association and R-Calf.

He was devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ranching was his life.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Lucile of Philip; three sons, Gary Peterson and his wife, Joel, of Faith, Roger Peterson and his wife, Kathy, of Philip, and Darrel Peterson and his wife, Anita, of Philip; one daughter, Doreen Olson and her husband, Bob, of Austin, TX; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 17 nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; one great-grandson; one brother, John E. Peterson; and four sisters, Emma Michael, Mary Culp, Mina Galbraith and Etta Copps.

A memorial is established.