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Robert G. Peterson - Faculty (62/63 school year)

STODDARD, Wis. -- Robert G. Peterson, 65, of Stoddard, died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Gundersen Medical Center. He was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Waterford, Wis., to Edmund and Clara (Lucht) Peterson. Robert married Kathleen Kelly on June 14, 1969, in Clintonville, Wis., at St. Rose Catholic Church. Robert graduated from Waterford High School after which he attended UW-Whitewater, receiving a Bachelor of Education degree in Business Education and a minor in History. He received a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from UW-Madison. In addition Robert completed many other graduate courses.

He started his career as a teacher in Oshkosh, Wis., after which he taught at Misawa Air Force Dependents School, Misawa, Japan; Ben Gurir Air Force Dependents School, Ben Gurir Morocco; Dreux Air Force Dependents School, Dreux, France; and Hahn Air Force Dependents School, Hahn, Germany. He then taught at Marion High School, Marion, Wis., before becoming high school principal, and later assistant superintendent. He then became District Administrator for the De Soto Area School District. Robert was most recently the Administrator of CESA, a Sate Education Services Agency.

He was currently the state coordinator for the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, the Lions Multiple district 27 Drug Awareness Chairman from 1988 to the present. Robert was also a past president of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, 1984 to 1985, a past member of the Marion Library Board and a member of the Waupaca County Board of Supervisors, a member of the American Association of School Administrators and a Director of the Gateway Area Council Boy Scouts.

Robert received many professional service awards, Superior Performance Award for teaching issued by the United States Air Force in 1964, one of four issued by German Command; selected by the United States State Dept. to attend a foreign policy conference for educators, 1989; presented the Wisconsin Outstanding Secondary School Principal Award for 1976, by the Wisconsin Association for the Gifted and Talented, October 1976; received from the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, A Testimonial of Sincere Gratitude, 1986, also from the Lions; the Melvin Jones Fellow Award and virtually every Lion Award avail able; Department of the Air Force, a Superior Performance Award, 1964; State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a Certificate of Appreciation, June 1989; Ollie Berge Administrator Leadership Academy, Superintendent's Program, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, a Certificate of Achievement, July 1989.

In addition to his wife, Kathleen Robert is survived by three sons, Tim of Tempe, Ariz., Patrick (Stephanie) of Holmen, Wis., and Michael (Jodie) of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Kerry Peterson of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Beverly (Jack) Sismore of Palm Desert, Calif., and Carol (Bernard) Dolezal of Eagle River, Wis.; sister-in-law, Alice Peterson of Waterford, Wis.; mother-in-law, Charity Kelly; in-laws, Peggy (Curry) Koehler, John (Janice) Kelly, Mike (Linda) Kelly, Pat (Marie) Kelly, Maureene (Tom) Terich, Tim Kelly and Dan Kelly; many nieces and nephews; and family friend, Robert Neville Neil.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Savannah Charity Peterson; one brother, Donald Peterson and father-in-law, Jack Kelly.

A memorial mass will be held on Monday, March 18, 2002, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, Genoa, Wis. A time of fellowship will be held on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Sletten McKee Hanson Funeral Home, 605 West Ave. So., La Crosse, and again at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The Rev. Thomas O' Neill will officiate. Burial follows in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials should be given to either the Stoddard Lions/Lioness or the Daniel J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

La Crosse Tribune (WI)

Date: March 16, 2002