Vernon “Vern” R. Peterson, age 97, of Gladstone, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at U.P. Health Systems Marquette.
Vern was born October 20, 1923, in Escanaba, the son of Yens and Ellen Peterson. Vern grew up and graduated high school. He served in the United States Army for four years, and honorably served as a medic in the Philippines during that time. Vern was a certified machinist and welder and worked for the Delta County Road Commission for 40 years. Vern was united in marriage to Patricia Peterson and together they shared over 40 years of memories. Vern enjoyed woodworking. He had his own workshop that he could create almost anything in. He made furniture, cabinets, stairs, frames, and so much more. He will be deeply missed by so many.
Vern is survived by his wife Patricia Peterson, son Perry Peterson, grandchildren Crystal Peterson and Douglas Peterson, and nephew Jesse Peterson. Vern is preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard (Sue) Peterson, uncle Eric Peterson, uncle Arvid Peterson, and his first wife Betty Peterson.
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Grace Church in Gladstone. Funeral services honoring Vern will follow visitation at 2:00 PM with Pastor Jon Potes officiating. Vern will be laid to rest in Fernwood Cemetery.