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Roy L. Peterson, age 67, of Wisconsin Rapids, formerly of Freedom, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. He was born on January 28, 1950, son of the late Edwin and Alice (Green) Peterson.
Roy worked at the StoraEnso paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids as a millwright for over 34 years before his retirement. He enjoyed volunteering for the Special Olympics for many years, playing cribbage, shooting pool, walking and reading. Roy loved his neighborhood. Many of his neighbors became like family to him. Roy had a love for all children, especially his grandchildren. He always had a piece of candy waiting for them and a big smile on his face.
Roy is survived by his daughters: Julie (Sean) Condon and Holly (special friend, Joshua Taff) Peterson; grandchildren: Dan (special friend, Dani) Weeks, Ryan and Devan Condon, Katie (fiance, Dylan) Peterson, Austin Bottensek and Maxwell Jeske; siblings: Pat (Loren) Wiandt, Bob “R.L.” (Mary) Peterson, Honey (Terry) Garvey, Lois (Pat) Grady, Jerry Peterson, Sandy (Jim) Verhoeven and Joe (Sherry) Peterson; sister-in-law, Karol Peterson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Alice; siblings: Sister Sandra Peterson, SSND, Jim “Morgan” Peterson, Roger Peterson, two infant brothers; and a nephew, Joe Grady.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home FREEDOM, N3972 Columbia Ave., Freedom, from 2:00 p.m. until the vigil service at 5:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, January 29, 2018, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 12:00 noon. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.
The Peterson family would like to extend a special thank you to the ICU staff at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau for the compassionate care given to Roy along with a very special thank you to Roy’s neighbors and friends for all of the support through this difficult time.