April 19, 1940 - June 16, 2019
Robert (Bob) Peterson, age 79, of Lincoln, died June 16th 2019. Robert was born to Oren and Ruby (Cummings) Peterson on April 19, 1940 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
He attended schools in Oskaloosa, graduating from high school in 1958, where he was an avid participant in school sports as well as theater. After high school he attended William Penn College, graduating with a BA in Industrial Education in 1962.
That same year on June 2, He married Joleen Van Arkel. In 1963, after serving in the US Army Reserves, he and Joleen moved to Lincoln when Bob began his career at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In 1964, he and Joleen joined First Presbyterian Church where he became an active member serving on the boards of Deacons, Elders and Trustees.
He was committed to serving others throughout his life as a willing volunteer. After the Birth of his two children, Jill in 1967 and Eric in 1972, He became an engaged father supporting his children's many activities. Bob spent his leisure time attending UNL volleyball, gymnastics and football. He also enjoyed sprint car racing and being a handyman. Following his retirement in 1999, he continued working part time while increasing his volunteer work.
Bob is survived by his loving family, wife of 57 years, Joleen; daughter, Jill (William J.) Wertz; son, Eric (Carolyn Stuart) Peterson; and grandson, Oren Peterson; sister, Barbra Erquist; brother-in-law, Wayne Van Roekel; sisters-in-law, Lois Alexander and Cecelia Van Roekel; along with many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Oren and Ruby Peterson and in-laws, Artie and Otto Van Roekel; brothers-in-law, Donald Erquist, John A. Van Roekel, Junior Van Roekel, Walter Alexander and John De Groot; sister-in-law, Dorothy De Groot; and nephew, Kevin Erquist.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 20 at First Presbyterian Church, 17th and F Streets in Lincoln, NE at 10:30 A.M. with the Rev. Dr. Sue Collar officiating. No viewing/visitation. Inurnment will be held at Forrest Cemetery in Oskaloosa, Iowa at a later date. Memorial donations, in lieu flowers, can be made to First Presbyterian Church or the Lincoln Food Bank. Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com