Wallace Peterson

?Wallace K. Peterson

June 20, 1931 – July 24, 2015

Wallace Kenneth Peterson passed away peacefully of cancer on July 24, 2015, at the age of 84.

He was born in Chicago, Ilinois on June 20, 1931, to Einar and Eleanor Peterson, who then purchased a small farm near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to escape the ravages of the Great

Depression. The family survived by growing their own food and livestock.

Following the end of World War II, the family, which by then included Wally’s younger brother Roland, moved to Port Angeles where Wally’s father joined Peninsula Plywood as a carpenter, eventually becoming a shareholder.

Wally attended Roosevelt High School where he was known by his fellow students as an avid hiker and fisherman who often led groups of hikers into the Olympic Mountains.

He graduated high school in 1949, worked briefly as a mountain firefighter and then joined Peninsula Plywood.

Wally joined the United States Coast Guard in 1951 and was assigned to monitoring the loading of naval armaments in the San Francisco Bay area.

His next assignment was in Seattle working with the Department of Treasury and Customs, checking for contraband on vessels entering the harbor.

After the Korean War, Wally returned to Port Angeles and Peninsula Plywood where he continued his 40-year career.

He and Nancy Morris of Port Townsend were married in 1958 and had two children, Scott and Todd. Upon retiring, he and Nancy spent several years traveling the world.

He was preceded in death by Nancy in 2008 and Todd in 2012.

He met and married fellow avid traveler Sara Ellen Case in 2011 and they enjoyed traveling for four happy years.

Wally’s passions were his family, hiking the Olympic Mountains, fishing the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula and traveling.

He is survived by his wife Sara Ellen of Sequim; son Scott Peterson of Brockport, New York; and brother and sister-in-law Roland and Linda Peterson of Vancouver, Washington.

At his request, no memorial service is planned and any memorials should be sent to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles, WA 98362, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/involved/ donate/memorialgiving/memorial-giving.