Walter Craig Peterson, 80, of Bella Vista AR, formerly Duluth MN, went to be with our Lord November 11, 2020 at Apple Creek Health and Rehab after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, with wife Sally at his side. Walter was born in Chicago, IL May 22, 1940 to Gertrude and Robert Peterson. He graduated from Hermantown High School in 1959. Walter joined the US Air Force and trained at Lackland AFB. He was a parachute rigger serving at Torrejon AFB in Madrid, Spain, Libya, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He returned to the USA and joined the148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, MN. In 1977, he became a recruiter for the Air National Guard. He retired in March 1986. Following his military career, he became an 18-wheel OTR truck driver, drove shuttle from Duluth to Minneapolis Airport, and transported veterans from Duluth/Superior to the VA in Minneapolis. He was known by many names: Walter, Craig, Skip, and Pete. Love of the outdoors involved hunting, fishing, and camping, and a lifelong joy for music included singing, listening to, or playing banjo, trombone, guitar, and upright bass. Old country songs and bluegrass music were personal favorites. He was always up for a good prank or joke. While in AR he mentored elementary kids at Cooper and Gravette schools. Walter is survived by his wife of 14 years, Sally; daughters Teresa (Jason) and Debbie; grandchildren Samantha (Jared), Lindsey (Tony), Jake, Tyler, Skyler (Ethan), and Ryan; great grandchildren Adeline, Josephine, Olivia, Aili, Brooks, and Ariana; sister Janet (JC), niece Jaime and nephew Shad; great niece and nephew Netanya and Paul; stepchildren Greg (Joy), Susan (George), Shawn (Liz), and Ryan; step-grandchildren Stacie, Zachary (Maggie), Joshua, Wesley, and Evan; step-great grand-children Esme and Beckett; sisters-in-law Linda (Don), Nancy (Tom), and special friend Tom and longtime hunting buddies. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be shared at www. funeralmation.com.
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