Rev. Dr. Robert Charles Peterson

September 29, 1950 ~ September 4, 2013

 

Rev. Dr. Robert Charles Peterson, 62, of Butler, Pennsylvania, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 3:10 a.m. from the VNA Inpatient Hospice.

He was born September 29, 1950 in Meadville, Pennsylvania to the late Victor C. Peterson and Ruth (Mehring) Peterson.

Rev. Dr. Peterson graduated from Meadville Area High School in 1968 and graduated from Grove City College in 1972. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975. Rev. Dr. Peterson began his pastoral ministry at Clintonville and Scrubgrass United Presbyterian Churches in 1975. In 1981 he joined the Presbyterian Church in America and served the Scrubgrass Stone Church until 1985. He came to St. John's Reformed Church in 1985. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1988. To help with his education expenses he worked seven summers at Conneaut Lake Park. He often used those work experiences to illustrate his sermons. Rev. Dr. Peterson was a member of Kiwanis Club of Butler and the board of Connoquenessing Meals on Wheels. He was the chaplain for the Meridian Volunteer Fire Company for many years. He attended the General Assembly of the PCA most years and served on various General Assembly Committees. Rev. Dr. Peterson was the chairman of the Candidates Committee of Ascension Presbytery of the PCA. He made two mission trips to Gonaives, Haiti to help with a building project and to teach a course in church history at the mission's university. He enjoyed watching all the Pittsburgh sports teams. He also enjoyed bird watching with his wife Karen.

Rev. Dr. Peterson is survived by his wife Karen L.(Carr) Peterson whom he married on June 22, 1975; one son, John Robert Peterson of Pittsburgh, PA; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Carr of Austin, TX; one brother-in-law, Bill Carr and his wife Mary Lou Price of Austin, TX; and also by his beloved members of St. John's Reformed Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 7 to 9 pm and Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 12 (noon) to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Thompson - Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East North Street, Butler, PA.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 10:30 am from St. John's Reformed Church, 494 Evans City Road, Butler, PA, with Pastor Jerry Maguire of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in America in Concord, MA officiating.

Burial will take place in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Meadville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please give to the Memorial Fund of St. John's Reformed Church, 494 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001, the Salvation Army, 313 West Cunningham Street, Butler, PA 16001 or a charity of your choice.

 

 

 

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