William Allen "Bill" Peterson, 70, of Marshall, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Huck will officiate. The family will greet friends before the service from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Burial with military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Pallbearers will be Lin Alexander, Don Wilson, Joe Clements Sr., Don Huff, George Huff, Nelson Allen, Charles Tryban and Don Keener. Honorary pallbearers will be David Rosher, Joyce George, and the Saline County Bar Association.
Born Oct. 1, 1934, in Herndon, he was the son of the late Rufus O. Peterson and Marjorie Malott Peterson. He grew up on a farm and attended Buck Snort Grade School through eighth grade. He graduated from Marshall High School and went to Drury College on a track scholarship. His college education was interrupted by a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. He returned to Drury in 1957 and finished his degree in geology.
In 1958, he married Mary Kay Moore in Mt. Vernon. He lived in St. Louis, where he worked as a cartographer before entering law school at Washington University. He graduated from law school in 1963 and moved to Malden to practice law. In 1968 he was appointed an assistant attorney general with the Missouri Attorney General's office and lived in Jefferson City until moving to Marshall in 1970 to go into private law practice.
He was elected state representative of the 117th District from 1970 to 1974. He had served as Marshall city attorney and Slater city attorney, prosecuting attorney for Saline County for several years, and Municipal Court judge of Marshall.
Bill's interests were history and government. He was an avid Bible scholar. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He served his church in many capacities, teaching adult Sunday School and as a lay speaker. He was a lifelong Democrat.
He is survived by his wife and four children, Laura Lehman and husband Jeff of St. Louis, Clayton Peterson of Bloomington, Ind., Mary Balles and husband Mike of St. Louis, and Sarah Peterson of St. Louis; three grandchildren, Matthew Peterson, Jess Balles and Grace Balles; one brother, Robert Wayne Peterson and wife Karen of Marshall; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
The above is a paid obituary.