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During Frank’s early childhood, the Petersons moved to Ava Frank Edward Peterson Jr. passed away in Olympia, Wash., on Nov. 30, 2006. He was born in Fort Stockton, Texas, on Aug. 11, 1919, to the union of Frank Edward Peterson Sr. and Gertrude Robinson. During his early childhood, the Petersons moved to Ava where Frank was raised on a farm. While a teenager, he moved to Idaho.
In 1942 he entered the United States Army, and was eventually stationed at Fort Lewis before serving his country during World War II in campaigns in North Africa and Italy. Frank was known by many members of the Olympia area for years. He worked for Hardel Plywood for many years, and was voted president of the company by its stockholders for 15 of those years. He was an active member of the Lions Club and was a happy and hardworking man throughout his life. He enjoyed life and the people he met as he passed through it.
Frank enjoyed fishing and hunting, which included several trips to Alberta, Canada, and Alaska. He loved the outdoors. He loved his family more than anything else in his life, and he spent many hours in outdoor activities with them.
Frank married Marjorie Loftin in Olympia in 1946; she preceded him in death in 1978. Frank then married Betty Kisor in Olympia in 1981; she continued to be his companion until the time of his death.
He is survived by two children from his first marriage, Linda (Tim) Martin and Todd (Denise) Peterson; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vada Thomsen, of Lacey, Wash., and Vivian Turner, of Missouri; one brother, Robert Peterson, of Idaho; stepchildren, Barbara Brite, Jackie (Mike) Blankenship, Marjorie (Chris) Carras, and Jeff (Julie) Dilly.
Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.