Life Story for Theodore James "Ted" Peterson
Theodore James Peterson, AKA Ted, Teddy, Uncle Ted, Theo, and most especially, my DAD, passed away peacefully in his sleep in his home in St. Walburg on September 19, 2017, with his beloved and faithful flop-eared “boogle” Molly by his side. He was exactly one week shy of 76 years old.
Dad was born in Turtleford, SK, to Ted Sr. and Evelyn Peterson on September 26, 1941 - his dad’s 44th birthday.
Among MANY other things throughout the years, Dad was most recently a retired school bus driver of well over 30 years with Turtleford School Division and later Northwest School Division, who was always wholly dedicated to his “precious cargo”; a proud decades-long instructor of the Saskatchewan Hunter Education and Canadian Firearms Safety courses; and an active member of several organizations and boards both past and present throughout the years, including the Kinsmen Club, Royal Canadian Legion North Star Branch No. 013, Royal Canadian Legion Turtleford Branch No. 128, St. Walburg & District Historical Museum, Frenchman Butte Historical Museum, the St. Walburg Handi-Van Board, Divide Forest Advisory Council (DFACC), Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Walburg & District Wildlife Federation, and Nor-Sask Gun Club. He had also been a faithful “coffee run” sidekick to one of his dearest friends, Albert Boehm, and enjoyed their regular trips on the road.
Dad was recently presented in absentia with the Canada 150 Medal. Due to sudden illness, he was not able to attend to accept in person.
He was predeceased by his mother Evelyn in 2010, father Ted Sr. in 1985, and brother-in-law Jeff in 1974. He was also predeceased by his Uncle Elmer Peterson, Uncle Louis Peterson, Auntie Edith Peterson, Aunt Betty Hogan (nee Watts), Uncle Donald Watts, Uncle Jack Watts, and his cousins Jim, Margaret, Gary (Pat) Mowery, and Danny (Janice).
He is survived by myself - his daughter Lynda, his sister Mae Brunet, nephews Brian (Terri Staniland) Brunet, Dale (Debbie) Brunet, nieces Joanne (Joel) Banks and Michelle (Brad) Oleksyn, and their children Alexandra Brunet, Joffre Brunet, Brendan Brunet, Jared Brunet, Nick Brunet, Jack Brunet, Mark Banks, Andrew Banks, Jennifer Banks, Jaycee (Jordon) Cook (nee Oleksyn), Steven Oleksyn, and Amy Oleksyn, and numerous cousins who grew up with him and Aunt Mae to be far more like siblings than cousins.
These surviving cousins – Archie (Alice) Peterson, Bill (Karen) Peterson, Butch (Alice) Peterson, Mary (Doug) Warner, Ethel Peterson, Pat (Gary) Mowery, and Lynda (Raymond) Seguin, have also lost their “udder brudder” and mourn his passing as such.
As were Dad’s wishes, there will be no service held. His cremains will be privately interred in the near future with his mother, Evelyn.
At this time, I would like to especially thank Ted and Janet Wolfe, Dale and Colleen Neumann, Carol Minty, Robin Brown, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, and Samantha Noehring for their invaluable support and help in these difficult first few days. I know in the coming days and months there will be many more people to thank, including Pastor Quinn Adams, and I am eternally grateful and very, very blessed.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[a] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:21)