Funeral services for James Donald Peterson will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at New Life Wesleyan Church with Pastor Billy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Gillette Memorial Chapel.
James Donald Peterson, better known as Jim, died on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at age 69. He fought a courageous battle against cancer. He died at his home being surrounded by his caring family.
Donald and Glendolyn (Prunty) Peterson gave birth to their vivacious boy, June 9, 1943, in Chester, S.D. Growing up, he lived in various South Dakota farming communities of which Bruce created special “bonding” friendships, later graduating from Clear Lake High School in 1961.
Jim attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina during 1966-1968 and enjoyed teaching the Word of God on street corners as part of his ministerial studies. This laid the foundation for his future Sunday School teaching at church. The Book of Acts and John became his favorite scriptures to teach. His working career started with Prunty Construction then Halstead Construction. Operating scrapers brought the opportunity of opening new roads across the open prairie.
On April 24, 1971, James and Brenda (Bliss) were married in Brookings, S.D. In 1978, they moved to Gillette, Wyo., where he became employed with the Carter Mining/Peabody Coal Company as a production technician until his retirement in 2000. During his “goof-off years” (retirement), various employment opportunities arose from being a courtesy driver for Dodge Energy to working seasonal construction projects for DRM and Dry Fork Coal Mine. Travel adventures included the family trips to Cancun, Mexico, and to Napili Point Resort in Maui.
Meeting and joking with people created happy, fond occasions for him. He could create one-line humor that resulted in laughing moments for anyone. Along with travels, he enjoyed nurturing his garden and the special cherry tree. Snuggling the grandchildren on his lap and reading books became a common ritual in the family. Being a passionate “Papa” stirred his creativity as he prepared tasty meals and especially the Sunday chicken dinners. He also became the subject for his wife’s pictures and waited patiently for the right light. Hilary was the promised highlight of his life and his loving fatherly ways guided her through life.
Jim is survived by his wife; daughter, Hilary; grandchildren: Brennin, Addyson, and Cambria Scott; brother, David (Sue) Peterson, and various nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents: Edward and Almeda (Korr) Peterson and Guy and Zelda (Taylor) Prunty.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Jim’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or condolences via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.