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Peter Joseph Korson, 92, of Gills Pier, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at Munson Medical Center.
Peter was born on Aug. 31, 1924 in Suttons Bay, the son of Wencel and Ludmilla (Kolarik) Korson. On Aug. 26, 1960 at St. Wenceslaus Church, he married Maxine Mae Holman, who preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2011.
Peter graduated from high school and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. His personal awards, among many unit and service medals and ribbons, included the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge. He was present at the surrender of Germany and stayed behind in theater helping the Allied Forces rebuild Europe.
He returned home, and during the growing and harvesting seasons Peter ran the family farm. During the winters he worked downstate on the automotive assembly lines. Peter spent decades working the farm and the assembly line and rose to the position of supervisor.
Peter would always lend a hand to his neighbors with chores and barn raisings. When he was back home Peter loved taking rides with Maxine in their Model T, a vehicle that remains in the family today. He enjoyed snowmobiling, woodworking and backyard picnics with his siblings.
Peter is survived by his son, Wencil (Rose) Korson; a daughter, Barbara Korson; his siblings, John Korson, Agnes (Bill) Donner, Sister Lydia, Sister David-Therese, Sister Peter-Mary, Gerome (Carol) Korson and Christine (Tom) Gibson; his in-laws, Mary Ann and Pat; four grandchildren, Alex, Gabriel, Mona and Sara; two step grandchildren, Billy (Anna) White and Geromy (Emily) White; and a great-grandchild, Malek.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents; his siblings, Helen, Paul, Jim (Monica) and David; and his sister-in-law, Ann.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary to be prayed at 6 p.m., on Monday, May 8, at the Martinson Funeral Home. The Mass will be held at 11 a.m., with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 9, at St. Wenceslaus Church of Gills Pier. Burial will follow in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Reining Liberty Ranch, 4656 Silver Pines Road, Traverse City, MI 49685.
Condolences and memories may be shared with Peter's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on May 4, 2017
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