Jerry Levern (Pete) Peterson, age 71 of Hollandale, died on September 16, 2019 at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI. Jerry was born on June 30, 1948 in Dodgeville to Amos Levern and Marie (Marty) Peterson. His family first lived on a farm in the Sandy Rock area, and then moved to the farm where he grew up, on Walnut Hill road in rural Hollandale/Mineral Point. Jerry married Wyleen McGraw in November 1968. They lived in Brooklyn, Wisconsin where he worked as a farmer and had a son (Jerome). In March of 1969 he was drafted into the Army and served his country in Vietnam. After serving his country he drove truck in Madison, and later moved out to Gillette, Wyoming to work in the oil field. There is where he met Tammie Cowherd (Prell). They were married in February of 1977, and had a daughter (Carissa). After his motorcycle accident, they moved back to Wisconsin (1979) and lived in Dodgeville, where he worked as an independent truck driver. He later moved out west, where he spent many years doing different things, like gold mining and driving truck. He moved back to Wisconsin in the early 90’s, and lived there for the remainder of his years.
Jerry was proud to have served his country, and enjoyed annual trips to the veterans gathering in Kokomo, Indiana. He had a passion for honoring all veterans who have served. He loved his dog Arf, who was by his side for many years. He loved motorcycles, his trikes, and riding with Arf to Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual rally in August. Jerry also had a passion for playing marbles and telling stories. He always had his marble board out and ready for his visitors. His friends and family loved his wit, and he would always make everyone smile at the Madison VA Hospital. He was a fighter and didn’t let his experiences or health hold him back from living his own life the way he wanted.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Carissa (Justin) Watson of Victoria, Texas; five grandchildren, Cheyenne Archuleta, Christopher Archuleta, Jacob Watson, Bryce Watson and Tanner Watson; his brothers and sisters; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jerome Laverne Peterson who died on August 4, 2018; and brother Benny Peterson.
A visitation for Jerry (Pete) will be held on Saturday morning, September 21, 2019 from 9:30 until 11:00 AM at the Perry Lutheran Church in Daleyville. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM at the church. Rev. Kelli Fisher of that church will officiate. Burial will be in the Perry Lutheran Cemetery. Saether Funeral Service of Blanchardville is assisting the family. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.saetherfuneralservice.com
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