Louis Peterson

Obituary of Louis John Peterson

John Peterson, our beloved Uncle and Friend peacefully passed away the morning of June 13, 2019 at the age of 96.  Those he held dear at the time of his passing surrounded him in spirit.  


John was the oldest son of Louis Alden Peterson from Seattle, Washington, and Neva Pearl Wemer from Keswick, Iowa  John was preceded in death on September 1,2008, by his adored wife of 53 years; Agnes Fischer Peterson.  


John was also preceded in death by his three Peterson brothers; Hulbert, George, and Golden, and his Stratton half-sisters, and half-brother; Ivah, Margaret "Peggy", Mildred, and William "Bill" Stratton. 


 John was adopted at the age of 16 by Edgar and Margaret Clemo of Oroville, California.  After his Oroville High School graduation in 1939, and at the beginning of WWII; John enlisted in the US Army.  John served as a Medical Technician Specialist at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. At the end of WWII John continued his education at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon on the GI Bill.  At Willamette John earned a degree in Bio-Science, and served a teaching internship. Sequentially; John achieved a Doctorate in Education in 1956 at Stanford University. It is at Stanford where John met his bride Agnes Fischer; a Curator and Historian of Western European History at the Hoover Institution.  John and Agnes were married in 1954, and settled into their life in Los Altos, Ca


In 1956 John received a Professorship in Health Applied Arts and Science at San Jose State where he taught undergraduate and graduate classes until his Professor Emeritus and Golden Parachute retirement in 1990.  John divided his working years between teaching at San Jose State, and as a Forester/property owner in Oroville/Bald Rock, Butte County. He co-authored the college Health Science textbook: Essentials of Healthier Living, and served for years at the Editor of: The California Journal of School Health, during the Reagan governorship in California.  John was active in writing college scholarship references for the young college bound students of the Palermo/Berry Creek Butte Mountain area. He never failed to support the educational pursuits of young students.  


John is survived by his niece and Conservator; Pamela Hope Peterson and her husband Lee Smith of Gig Harbor, Washington, and their children.  He is survived by Pamela's brother Geoff from Florida, an extended nephew Richard from Utah, and his nieces and nephew from his mother Neva Pearl's first marriage to William Stratton from Pasadena, California; Ivah, Neva, and Steve.  John is also survived by his Sister-in-law; Monika Bayer Fischer of Menlo Park, and the children of her deceased husband Gerhard Emil Fischer from his first marriage to Vera Kistiakowsky of Massachusetts; Marc Fischer of Berkeley, wife Karina and daughter Fifer, and Karen Fischer of Massachusetts.  


John and Agnes' ashes will be joined at a ceremony at Sunset Cemetery in El Cerrito on July 19, 2019 at 11 a.m.


His interment was coordinated by Spangler Mortuary of Los Altos.


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