Robert Dean "Bob" Peterson, 81 of Potosi, WI formerly of Gilman, IA passed away on Thursday June 20, 2013 at home following a sudden illness. Friends may call from 3:00p.m. To 7:00p.m. Monday June 24th at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. in Dubuque. Friends may also call from 10 until 12 (noon) Tuesday June 25, 2013 at the Gilman Community Church 310 West Church Street in Gilman, Iowa where there will a funeral service at noon with Rev. Judy Brandon officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman with military honors accorded.
Bob was born on November 6, 1931near Gilman Iowa the son of Carl Gilbert and R. Marie (Campbell) Peterson. He graduated from Gilman High School and attended Marshalltown Community College and Iowa State University. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps in combat during the Korean War, and on August 30, 1956 he married JoAnn Gary Berger and she preceded him in death in 1998.
He started working at Iowa Electric in 1955 and worked his way up to a chief Engineer in Marshalltown and later to Manager of Fossil Generation in Cedar Rapids. He later founded I.E.I. Barge Services in East Dubuque, IL which he operated until his retirement. In retirement he worked for Newt Marine in Dubuque. He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge 40 & 8
Bob loved life, his family and friends. He embraced life's challenges and was an eternal optimist. He had a easy smile and was genuinely interested in everyone he met. He always loved the river and in later years his greatest enjoyment was his time working and spending time with Rosie McClain and her family especially Mark on the farm. He was extremely proud of both of his families.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother Marie of Grinnell, Children Dan (LeAnn) Berger of Waukee, Linda Sue (Harry) Landas of Omaha, Scott Peterson of Cedar Rapids, Lori (Jim) White of Robins and Holly (Duke) Wall of Indiana, his grandchildren Brandon (Erica) Landas, Nate (Amy) Landas, Alexia Peterson, Clifton White, and Annie, Maggie (Shane), Jamie ( Jordan), Wall, four great grandchildren Ava, Easton Xavier and Dominic brothers Edgar (Bi) Peterson of Guthrie Center, Roger (Dorothy) Peterson of Grinnell, sisters Marilyn (Bob) Postal of California, and Carol Sandberg of Nebraska, and many nieces and nephews.
Although he loved our mother he also found a second true love with Rosie McClain and her family
Mark (Mary Jo Ament) McClain, Tom (Denise) McClain, Maureen (Sean) George and Marty (Tammy) McClain.
He was preceded in death by his Father Carl and Wife JoAnn
The family would like to thank Mark & Christy Sheldon and the rest of the Mississippi River Cottage Crew for being great friends of Bob's. "Cheers to a life well lived"