Wilbur Leroy Peterson, 76, El Dorado Springs, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug, 24, 1936, to Wilbur R. Peterson and Iris M. Loader, one of eight children.
Pete was in the United States Navy for eight years from 1954-1962, serving during the Korean War. While in the Navy he married Anna M. Alexander on May 24, 1957, in Riverside, CA. Later they moved to Basehor, KS, where they would continue to raise their children until Anna passed in 1996. After her passing, Wilbur moved to El Dorado Springs where he purchased a farm.
Whether it was driving a school bus, cooking, fishing, taking care of the farm, going to auctions, hunting, watching doves or even helping to build Walt Disneyland, Wilbur will always be remembered by his family and friends who loved him dearly.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Anna, and his brother, Joseph Peterson.
Survivors are his four children including three daughters – Leann Drake and Debbie Vestal – Tonganoxie, KS, and Cindy Littrell – Gladstone; one son, Stephen Peterson, and wife, Shirley – Basehor, KS; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and one on the way; four brothers – Ralph Peterson – Nebraska, Michael Peterson – Montana and Jon Peterson and Marion Peterson – Wyoming; and two sisters, Twilla Miller – Minnesota and Phyllis Nicodemus – Wyoming.
Graveside services were held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Good Springs Cemetery near Conway. Randall Bland officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Gator Vestal, Jay Vestal, Joey Vestal, Larry Vestal, Josh Bowen and Brian Null.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked donations to be made in memory of Wilbur to the Salvation Army.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.