George Burton Peterson, 76, of Glenwood, Iowa, died Nov. 18, 2013 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The son of Harold William and Louella Burton Peterson, he was born March 28, 1937 in Nebraska City. He graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1956 and Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas, in 1961 with a bachelor of science degree. Following his graduation from the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science, he returned to Nebraska City to join his father and brother in the family business, Peterson Mortuary.
In 1962, father Harold, brother John, and George founded Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood, Iowa. George has since served as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the states of Nebraska and Iowa for over 50 years.
On June 30, 1963, George married Sandra Kay Roenfeldt in Glenwood.
George’s greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren who were so important to him.
George had many interests including fishing, golfing, music and sports. George was an outstanding athlete, gaining recognition as the 1955 Nebraska High School Boys 220 yard State Track Champion, 1956 Nebraska High School Boys 220 yard and 100 yard State Track Champion (9.4 seconds). This double achievement made him the first high school boy to medal in two track events.
George was also part of the Glenwood High School Hall of Fame. While in college on May 31, 1958, George was part of the 880 yard Relay World Record team that stood for over 9 years with a time of 1:22.6.
Involved in many organizations through his life, George was an active member of the community. He was a 50-plus year member of the Grace United Methodist Church, 50-plus year member of Glenwood Lion’s Club, 50-plus year member Glenwood Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M., Iowa Funeral Directors Association, Southwest Iowa Sportsman Club, former member and board member of the Glenwood Golf Course, former member of the Glenwood JayCee Club, Eastern Star, Shriners, founded the annual George Peterson Outstanding Female Track Award, and founded the annual Harold W. Peterson Outstanding Male Track Award.
He is survived by wife Sandra Kay Peterson of Glenwood; children Georganne Williams and husband Roger of Glenwood, Jonathan Burton Peterson of Merriam, Kan., and Jonelle Walter of Glenwood; five grandchildren: Taylor Williams, Aidan Peterson, Ronan Peterson, Blaine Walter and Blaire Walter; sister-in-law Betty Peterson of Nebraska City; one nephew and three nieces; other relatives and many friends.
Visitation is 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood. Service is Friday, Nov. 22, at the mortuary.
Interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church or Glenwood Fire and Rescue.