Roscoe Peterson, Sr., 99, of Girard, died at 4:55 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 in the Heritage Nursing Home in Girard.
He was born Jan. 25, 1910 at Drywood, Kan., a son of John Lemuel and Gertrude Inez (Leverich) Peterson.
He attended Hatch School, near Farlington, Kan., and the Fairview School, near Lake Farlington.
The family moved to rural Hepler, Kan., in 1929 and Roscoe worked on Carl Myers' farm.
He purchased a truck in 1935 and in 1936, he hauled oats to the WPA dam at Lake Farlington for the mules in use there.
He married Carrie Agnes Stephens on July 24, 1940 in Bolivar, Mo. She preceded him in death on July 28, 1993.
He served in the US Army from Nov. 17, 1943 until March 24, 1945. He was in the "Battle of Hedgerows" during the Normandy Campaign and received Two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters.
He was a truck driver for Zettl's Bakery in Girard and later he operated a cream station and poultry house in Hepler.
He worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, Kan., from 1952 until 1954.
He was a custodian in the Girard Schools from 1954 until 1969.
He worked for Bowlus School Supply in Pittsburg, Kan., and during 1970 and 1971, he worked as a carpenter for Beachner Construction Company in St. Paul, Kan.
He was a Christian and a member of the Pittsburg VFW.
Survivors are: his family at the Heritage Nursing Home in Girard; a daughter, Marilyn Bennett and Larry of Girard; sons Roscoe Peterson, Jr. and Jo of Dallas, Texas, David L. Peterson of Girard, and Francis E. Peterson and Sondra of Yates Center, Kan.; grandchildren Krista Reed, Barbara Scheibmeir, Jolene Haas, and Angela Barrett; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Lewis Peterson of Rancho Cordova, California.
He was preceded in death by grandsons, Cpl. Ricky A. Bennett, on May 27, 2006; and Douglas W. Peterson, on April 14, 2003; a sister, Hannah Schulte, and brothers Earl Peterson, Harold "Nels" Peterson, Ira Merle "Jack" Peterson, and an infant, George Peterson.
Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Pastor Rick Prideaux officiating. Burial was in the Girard Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by The George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice Compasus, "The Big Flag", or Girard Senior Services, and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.