Warren Linnell Peterson, 88, of Asheville, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at his residence.
A native of Middleboro, MA, he was a son of the late Bendix and Marion Taylor Peterson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce White; one son, Mark Crofut and three brothers, Bendix L. Peterson, Donald Peterson and Richard Peterson.
Warren graduated from Orleans (MA) High School in 1945 and enrolled in the US Army Air Corps. After serving for three and half years, he left the service, only to be recalled into the newly formed US Air Force for the Korean Conflict. He served as an instructor for instrument navigation and earned the rank of Staff Sgt. After three more years in the service, he enrolled at the University of Maine and graduated from there in 1954. He moved to the West Coast and became a forester for the US Forest Service, a position which he held for 10 years. At that time, he made the decision to become an insurance agent with State Farm Insurance, running a successful agency for many years. Warren and his family relocated to Vermont to start another State Farm Agency in 1973, which after 30 years he retired. Warren married Nancy Stone in 1987 and they moved to Asheville to retire.
In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Peterson of Bend, OR and Karin Goodwin of Sarasota, FL; two sons, Douglas Peterson and his wife, Theresa, of Portland, OR and Kirk Peterson and his wife, MaryAnn, of Kirkland, WA, as well as six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren and dear friend, Forney Hoke.
He was a faithful member of Calvary Episcopal Church and enjoyed summers in Vermont and full days of golfing with Nancy. In more recent years, he was involved in a meaningful Parkinson's Support Group. A special thanks to our Hospice family (Dr. Romano, our RN, Roxie, our Social Worker, Deb, our CNA, Heather and our bereavement music therapist, Cathleen). The family also wishes to thank everyone in the JK's Restaurant family.
A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Calvary Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends at a reception in the church's Old Well Hall following the service. At the discretion of the family, Warren's ashes will be buried at The LakeView Cemetery in Burlington, VT,
In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that memorial donations be made to either CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to the Calvary Episcopal Church's Food Pantry, 2840 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.