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
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
He was preceded in death by
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,
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.
take place in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in
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