Charles R. Peterson Jr.


Charles "Pete" Raymond Peterson Jr., age 74, of Traverse City, died March 31, 2019. Pete was born on April 12, 1944 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Charles Raymond and Catherine Leavitt (Adams) Peterson.
A proud U.S. Army veteran, Charles earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and an Air Medal. He was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.
Pete was an engineer and in sales with Ex-Cell-O, Cone Drive and Textron.
Pete enjoyed soaring, Westerns, crosswords, building models and trains, drinking coffee while mowing in 90 degree heat and checking his eyelids for holes. He was a hospice volunteer and always lending a helping hand to his kids and grandkids.
Pete is survived by his wife, Amy (Caslmon) Peterson; they were married on April 11, 2015 in Traverse City; brother, Robert Peterson; sister, Sue Monaghan; son, Charles (Chip) Peterson III; son, Jeffrey Peterson; daughters, Lindsay Steffes and Kirsten Horton; and grandchildren, Charlie, Will, Emily, Perrin, Rhett, Grant and Ema.
An informal gathering will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, A brief military service will be held at 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Vietnam Helicopters Pilot Association.
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Published on April 7, 2019
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2 posts

Bruce Rodewald
Apr 13, 2019
I was in the same "Flight" with Pete in helicopter flight school at Ft. Wolters, TX. We shared many unusual times there in preparation for being Army Aviators headed for Viet Nam. Slow Hand Salute to a friend from long ago and a true American hero........
Dan and Pat Steffes
Apr 10, 2019
We did not know your father well but the few times we were with him he seemed like a kind and gentle man.
We do know he has wonderful children and particularly a very special daughter whom we know very well.
He was apparently a very brave man and war hero. We looked up what it takes to be awarded the medals he received - Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was truly a hero and patriot.
At this difficult time please know we are thinking about you and grieving with you.