Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 1:25 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

John E. Peterson


John E. Peterson

June 15, 1957 Sept. 13, 2012

John Peterson passed away suddenly, without any warning, from a pulmonary embolism. He was in the Kenai Mountains enjoying his passion which was hunting.

John grew up hunting and fishing in Minnesota. He graduated in 1975 as the class president from Minneapolis Lutheran High School. He chose logging as a profession because it kept him outside and in the woods which he loved.

In 1984 he came to Alaska to try his hand at trapping in the wild frontier. That trip cemented his love for the state and he returned here permanently in 1993. He moved to Anchor Point where he worked as a logger. He eventually bought a sawmill and began turning the logs he harvested in the winter into lumber in the summer.

His passion was hunting. As John used to say, Fishing is something you do until hunting season begins. John had a very strong faith and was never worried about meeting his Maker. He knew when his time came he would be ready, but for those of us left behind, a beautiful light has gone dark.

John is survived by the love of his life, Betsy Kesner of Anchor Point; his mother Leona Peterson of Bovey, Minn; his father and stepmother John and Pat Peterson of Okeechobee, Fla; his brother and sister-in-law Randy and Gwen Peterson and their children Leah and Daniel and grandchildren; his half-sister Julie Bass and her family of Florida; his uncle and aunt Doug and Barbara Veit of Bovey, Minn; his uncle Gene Veit of Edina, Minn; his ex-wife Kathy Overend of Grand Rapids, Minn.; and countless friends too numerous to mention.

There will be a celebration of life next year in Minnesota.