John Anslem Peterson of Bourbon, Missouri was born on Wednesday, September 12, 1928 in Bourbon, Missouri to John and Frances Blum Peterson and passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 13 days.
John married Vera Madeline Wisehart on September 22, 1947 at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Jennings, Missouri.
John was a loyal member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Bourbon, Missouri for many years where he served the Lord in many ways such as Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, elder and church council member.
He worked for Max Reichenberg for several years as a truck driver until October of 1952 when he began his lifelong career with the Missouri Highway Department (MoDOT) and worked until January of 1992. John was a whiz at math and helped design many of the local highways and bridges.
He had helped his mother Frances in her restaurant, the Cottage Inn, and loved to cook. John was a hardworking man who was always telling jokes. In his earlier years he loved to dance and play games. Later he enjoyed raising cattle, playing cards, gardening, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and playing a good game of checkers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances Peterson; parents-in-law, Arthur and Elsie Wisehart; wife of 65 years, Vera Peterson; brothers, Robert and James Peterson; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Ray) Hubert; grandson, Terry James Peterson Jr.; grandson-in-law, Joshua Schoenhoff; and great granddaughter, Mariska Witt.
He is survived by his children, Michael Peterson of Bourbon, Missouri, Gary (Bonnie) Peterson of Bourbon, Missouri, Terry (Lisa) Peterson of Cuba, Missouri and Diane Peterson of Bourbon, Missouri; 13 grandchildren, Heather Youngblood of Kansas City, Missouri, Timothy Peterson of Wentzville, Missouri, Chris (Kim) Peterson, Jessica Schoenhoff and Megan Turnbough, all of Sullivan, Missouri, Lucy Wilson and Samantha Wilson, both of Cuba, Missouri, Sarah (Jeff) Lappe and Hope (Claude) Ripley, both of Bourbon, Missouri, Alyssa Crabtree, Asha Peterson and Brianna Witt, all of St. Clair, Missouri and Stephanie (Thomas) Carr of Arkansas; 12 great grandchildren, Abigail, Isabel and Cooper Peterson, Dustin, Tyler and Bryce Lappe, Alivia McKnight, Kaylee and Kameron Schoenhoff, Jonathon and Alexa Peterson and Gabriel Peterson; sister-in-law, Pat Peterson of New Hampshire; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Roach officiating.
Burial was at the Bourbon Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.