William B. Peterson Passes Away, Age 90
William Buckler Peterson, September 4, 1924 – June 30, 2015
Bill is the son of John Cary and Mary Ursula Buckler Peterson. Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rose Mary, and his eight children: Bill (Susan), Sara (Mark Meltzer), Michael (Kathleen Kaiman), Alice (Paul Munk), David (Sandy), Mary Rose (Charles George), Dominic (Eileen), and Bernard (Annette). He has 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings Catherine Rogers (Paul, deceased), Geraldine Peterson, Reverend Gerald Peterson, Reverend George Peterson, Reverend Harry Peterson, and Bobby Peterson (Mary Alice, deceased). He was preceded in death by his siblings Cary Peterson (Angela, deceased), Nell Brahm (Norbert, deceased), Betty Hupman (Gene, deceased) and Jimmy Peterson (Mary Frances), by his son, Paul Joseph Peterson, and by his grandson, John Daniel Peterson.
Bill grew up in Loretto working in the family business, Seven Sons Dairy. He founded Peterson Farms in 1946, and devoted himself to dairy farming in his early career, and later to large-scale corn, soybeans and wheat production. Peterson Farms continues today under the leadership of sons Bill, David, Bernard, and grandson, Albert Peterson.
A consummate life-long learner, Bill was continuously open to new technologies, new enterprises, and change. It was this leadership, along with his enduring quest for fairness and honesty, which fueled the success of the business, resulting in the receipt of numerous local, regional and national awards over the years. Ever the hard worker, Bill also delivered mail for the US Postal Service — Loretto Post Office — for 35 years.
The driving forces in his life were his faith and his family. He enjoyed a long and loving relationship with his wife. Bill and Rose Mary were truly a team, raising eight devoted children, and further instilling their strong values in grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Mattingly Funeral Home, 195 Holy Cross Road, Loretto, KY 40037 (270-865-2201) from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, and Friday, July 3, 2015.
A mass of Christian burial in celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 104 Church Street, New Hope, Kentucky 40052. Interment will follow at St. Francis of Assisi church cemetery, St. Francis, Kentucky. Bill’s brothers, Gerald and George, will celebrate the mass.
Bill’s grandchildren are Albert Peterson, Julia Hannan, Daniel Peterson, Sam Crews, Katey Crews, Meghan Steach, Adrian Peterson, Dan Roy, Zac Roy, David Munk, Henry Munk, Laurel Peterson, Madeline Peterson, Erik P. George, Michael George, Charles George, William George, Joseph George, Emily Blackburn, Molly Schottelkotte, Samantha P. Elmankabady, and Caroline Peterson; the eldest of each family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, offerings for masses are appreciated. Donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, New Hope, Kentucky.