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Neil O. “Pete” Peterson

Neil O. “Pete” Peterson

Neil O. “Pete” Peterson 

June 19, 2018

SHERIDAN -- Neil O. “Pete” Peterson, age 86, passed away on June 19, 2018 at his home in Sheridan, Montana.

Pete was born to Wilbur and Leola Peterson, of Harrold, South Dakota, on October 23, 1931. He graduated high school from Harrold. He went on to pursue a degree in Forestry first at Black Hills College in Spearfish, South Dakota.  A stint in the Army from 1953 to 1955. Pete returned home to finish his college years at the University of Montana in Missoula graduating in 1958. He then embarked on a 30 year career with the US Forest Service, his last post being in Sheridan, Montana. He retired in 1984. After retirement he spent 11 years as coordinator of Madison County Weed and Pest Board. In June 1959, Pete married Penny Dahlin. Their marriage spanned 59 years. The last 44 years was spent in Sheridan. Both Pete and Penny were active in the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association. On their place, the N Hanging P Fox Trotter, they raised Missouri Fox Trotter horses for 30 years. Pete spent many years in the saddle and enjoyed the cowboy life.

Pete is survived by his wife, Penny, son David Peterson and his wife Donna, their daughters Jessica and Katelyn, daughter Periann Peterson Washenfelder and her sons, Neil and Evan, and his sister Peggy Peterson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents from South Dakota.

Cremation has taken place and at Pete’s request there will be no funeral service. The family will plan a celebration of his life for a later date this summer in Sheridan, Montana for the numerous friends and family that were so giving with their support and concern.

K&L Mortuaries & Crematory of Sheridan assisted with arrangements. 

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