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Everett Harley Peterson

d. August 16, 2018

March 1, 1937 ~ August 16, 2018




Wife – Frieda Peterson of Oakland, IA

2 Daughters – Rosina Peterson of Council Bluffs, IA

Peggy (Robert) Engle of Treynor, IA

3 Sons – Mike (Jackie) Peterson of Logan, IA

Steve Peterson of Rancho Cordova, CA

Mark Peterson of Oakland, IA

3 Brothers – Dr. Robert “Buzz” Peterson of Norton, KS

Dr. Paul S. (Alice) Peterson of Carmichael, CA

Dean Peterson of Harlan, IA

5 Grandsons

Other Relatives & Friends

Everett Harley Peterson, the son of William Harley and Eldora Anna (Struve) Peterson, was born in rural Harlan, Iowa, on March 1, 1937. He attended country school at Rabbit Hollow, and graduated from Harlan High School in 1955. From 1955-57, Everett helped his father on the family farm. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from 1957-1961.

On August 16, 1960, Everett married Frieda Herta Schörner in Oberkotzau, Germany. The couple returned to Harlan in 1961 to farm northeast of town, where they raised hogs and helped Everett’s parents farm the family land. He also helped other family members in the area, as well as having other employment. Everett then began working for Western Electric in Millard, Nebraska; he remained in this job for 36 years. In the fall of 1970, Everett and Frieda moved to an 80-acre farm outside of McClelland, Iowa, where Everett continued to farm, raise hogs and cattle, and work at Western Electric. They moved to Oakland, Iowa, in the fall of 1992.

While living in Harlan, Everett had been a member of First Baptist Church. An avid John Deere collector, he loved to attend farm auctions and antique tractor and engine shows. He also enjoyed fishing in Minnesota. Everett only purchased Chevy trucks, and they were almost always blue in color. With a toothpick, hat, tire gauge, and pocket knife, Everett was truly ready for anything.

Everett H. Peterson died on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He had reached the age of 81 years, 5 months, and 15 days.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents, and two infant granddaughters, Faith and Hope Engle. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frieda Peterson of Oakland, Iowa; two daughters, Rosina Peterson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Peggy (Robert) Engle of Treynor, Iowa; three sons, Mike (Jackie) Peterson of Logan, Iowa, Steve Peterson of Rancho Cordova, California, and Mark Peterson of Oakland, Iowa; three brothers, Dr. Robert “Buzz” Peterson of Norton, Kansas, Dr. Paul S. (Alice) Peterson of Carmichael, California, and Dean Peterson of Harlan, Iowa; five grandsons; and other relatives and friends.

A private graveside service was held on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Pastor William Caughey of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oakland, Iowa, officiated The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at
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