MISSOULA – Glen A. Peterson, 77 years old, of Missoula, passed away Thursday, March 4, 2010, at St. Patrick Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He had a long battle with lung cancer.
Glen was born on Dec. 23, 1932, in Hallock, Minn., to Anna and Albin Peterson. Glen loved growing up in a small town where he could swim in the river and hunt in the woods outside of town. While in high school, he excelled in football and basketball, sang in the church choir and (believe it or not sang) the lead in the high school operetta. One of his most memorable memories was traveling with this group to Washington, D.C.
After graduation in 1950, Glen attended the University of North Dakota, where he played football. He graduated with a degree in business administration.
He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served at Army Headquarters in Secret Intelligence. After being discharged in 1953, he married Connie Simmons of Drayton, N.D. In 1958, his first son Marc was born.
Glen started his 18-year career with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Fargo, N.D. In 1959, his second son Jeff was born in Moorhead, Minn. While with Goodyear, his family moved from Moorhead, to Minot, to Valley City, to Glendive, finally settling in Missoula. Glen was an outstanding salesman, achieving national recognition which led to trips around the world. These locations included Rome, St. Lucia and Jamaica. Glen left Goodyear to start his own business at East Gate Oil. He later sold this and with partners started the Alpine Club. After selling the Alpine, Glen entered the real estate and property management field.
In 2005, Glen and Connie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Some of Glen’s fondest memories were in the great outdoors hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. He was especially proud of his family: son Marc with wife Sherry and their daughters Jennaya, Kayli and Kensie; son Jeff with wife Karen and their children Taylor and Jacob.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Garden City Memorial, with a reception to follow at the Inn on Broadway, from noon to 3 p.m.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.