A native of New Orleans, and a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Ark., on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. He was 86. A memorial gathering will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon until religious services at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. He was an aviation cadet with the U.S. Army Air Corps, veteran of World War II. He was a retired assistant chief engineer with the Louisiana Department of Conservation. He was a graduate of Alcee Fortier High School in New Orleans and LSU in Baton Rouge. He is survived by his three daughters, Karen Irene "Kip" Peterson and her husband, Robert G. "Bobby" Jorgensen, Memphis, Tenn., KerryAnn "Kerry" Bleikamp and her husband, Kurt Bleikamp, Evergreen, Colo., and Kelleen Marie "Kelli" Seitz and her husband, Dr. Paul Seitz Jr., Pass Christian, Miss.; two sons, Albert Frederick "Rick" Peterson III and his wife, Clare Peterson, and Donnelly Frederick "Donn" Peterson and his love, Ellyn Toney, all of Baton Rouge; his second wife, Susan Chance Corbell (nee McKagen), Hot Springs, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Paula Chance Cabello, Hot Springs, and Audrey Chance Barr and husband, David Barr, Fair Hope, Ala.; 16 grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, RoseMarie Donnelly Peterson; his parents, Albert Frederick Peterson Sr. and Anna Marcella Uhalt Peterson; a sister, Gloria Peterson Lamm; and a brother, Charles Frederick Peterson. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, where he served as Eucharistic minister. Since 1969 he attended annual retreats at Manresa, during which he served as co-captain of Group 40. He was a member of the American Legion for 54 years. He was a 3rd degree honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3298 since 1961. His "God bless you!" will be missed by all.
Published by The Advocate from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2012.