It is with tremendous sadness that I must announce that John Henry Peterson, 70, was called by his Lord and Savior to his Heavenly Eternal rest on January 12, 2023, at St. Mary's Hospital. He had been diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pneumonia, and several infections. He was released from life support and passed 2 minutes later at 2:31 pm.
John was born on February 19, 1952, in Trenton, NJ. He was the son of the late Fredrick R. Peterson and Emma A (Dayton) Peterson. He attended school in NJ n attended Mesa College now Colorado Mesa University. John served his country in the United States Army from March 2, 1968, to March 2, 1971. He was only sixteen when he joined and was almost immediately sent to Vietnam. He received the Good Conduct, Marksman and other medals. He was among many who were subjected to Agent Orange. He was in the 101st Airborne.
John lived most of his life in Grand Junction, Colorado an worked at several businesses. He worked at the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Covenant as an OTR Driver then Denning Lumber Company, Harbor Lumber Company and LOWES as a Delivery Driver and in between worked for U.S. Welding and Airgas delivering Oxygen, Argon, Propane, Acetylene, compressed Nitrogen, liquid Nitrogen, and Carbon Dioxide to Breckenridge, Aspen, Glenwood Springs and to hospitals including St. Mary’s. He enjoyed working at LOWES until a forklift accident caused him into early retirement.
John had several hobbies. He hand built an almost completed 1:12 scale garage, he was a professional woodworker, he built a motorcycle (one piece at a time), he collected everything Jimmie Johnson #48 the LOWES NASCAR driver and even went to a race in Charlotte, NC. He collected knives and swords and was especially proud that he owned every certified Sylvester Stallone Rocky knife!! His last couple adventures were making a hammer from a U-Joint and making a ring out of a coin. His favorite sport was watching NASCAR as long a Jimmie was racing!!
John enjoyed most of his customers and his co-workers but was happiest getting home to a delicious dinner and spending the evening and weekends with his wife and dogs.
Rev. John Foreman married John and Penny on March 4, 1995, and added her young adult "Children" stepsons: Kenneth R Baker, William P Baker and step-daughter: Stephanie J Baker-Crowell to his family.
John leaves behind his loving wife and caretaker, Penny to deeply mourn his passing. He also leaves behind his sisters: Jean Fenton, Joan (James) Hood, stepmother Nancy Peterson, step-sisters: Sharon Parris, Beth Ann Peterson, step-sons Kenneth R Baker, William P Baker and step-daughter Stephanie J (Dennis) Baker-Crowell, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also missing him is his buddy English Bulldog Noah Cooper and Shih-Tzu/Pug Bindi Magdaleena. Greeting John in Heaven are his brother James Peterson, father Fredrick Peterson, mother Emma Agusta Peterson, brother-in-law and fellow Military Brother Richard Fenton, and many pets. John has a Family Tree in Ancestry.
There will be no services, at John's request. He and his wife's cremains, upon her death, will be interned together at Memorial Garden's Cemetery in the Chapel.
Please consider making a memorial contribution in John's name to the wonderful people at Brown's Cremation and Funeral Services, 904 North 7th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501. They went out of their way to provide support, comfort and understanding during this most difficult time.