Alfred “Al” Leo Peterson, 84, died peacefully Monday, April 3, 2017, at his home in Mt. Royal with his children at his side.
Born in Chicago, Ill., in 1932 to William and Olga Peterson, Al joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17. Stationed in Japan when the Korean War broke out, he was among the first of the American forces to be sent to Korea in 1950, earning a bronze star. He returned to Illinois in 1951 and married Peg soon after. After 24 years of military service, Al retired with a rank of lieutenant colonel. Still a young man, he went to college, earning a master’s degree before and beginning a second career as a history and economics teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory School for Girls in Towson, Md. Eventually, Al and Peg retired to Mt. Royal in Welaka, just a few miles from Leonard’s Landing in Crescent City, where they honeymooned in 1952. In Florida, he remained active in his community, and enjoyed golfing, fishing, and visits from friends and relatives.
Margaret “Peg” Kellogg Peterson, his wife of 63 years, died in 2016.
He is survived by his children, Fred (Sharon) Peterson of Fayetteville, N.C., Heather P. Denhard of Columbia, Md., Brett (Christina) Peterson of Crescent City and Bradley Peterson of Bel Air, Md.; his grandchildren, Ransom, Harper, Morgan, Graham, Langan, Trystan and Finn Denhard, Vincent and Zachary Peterson and Jared Bunker and Christopher, Brian, and Caroline Peterson; great-grandchildren, William Carnes, Vinny Peterson, Emily Spafford and Ethan Peterson; and great-great-grandchild Aubrey Spafford. He also leaves behind many close friends and dear relatives.
Visitation will be 6–8 p.m. Friday, April 7 at Biggs Memorial Chapel and Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Father Jim May officiating. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery in Jacksonville.
Those who wish may sign his online guest book, or leave messages of condolence to his family at biggsfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clayton Frank & Biggs Funeral Home in Crescent City.