Robert Paul Peterson

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Robert (Bob) Paul Peterson, age 89, of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2023, at Aspen Ridge with his family by his side.

He was born on October 14, 1933, to Max and Doris (Rushlow) Peterson, in Detroit, Michigan.

In his lifetime he was a licensed builder and real estate broker. He built many homes in the Escanaba and Gaylord areas.

His passion was flying his Cesena 185 float plane. In the flight community, he was known as “Red Fox” and he would make frequent flights to Canada along with Alaska and Maine.

He is survived by his children, Judy (Chuck) Samkowiak, June (John) Koronka, and Robert (Marlene) Peterson II, all from Gaylord; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Max Peterson, and Doris Peterson-Fitzpatrick; brothers, Carl, and Raymond; and sisters, Martha and Elizabeth.

The family will remember him privately with a graveside memorial.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

6 comments on “Robert Paul Peterson”

  1. Jodie & Tim Samkowiak

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  2. Tim and Laurie Bingham

    Bob was a Great Guy! He took Tim and my wedding pictures back in 1980, We will always be grateful for beautiful pictures! He also sold us our first house. We always looked up to him. Even though we haven’t seen him for many years we always thought of him. Our deepest sympathies go out to the whole Family. Hugs and Prayers

  3. Mindy Reynolds

    I will forever be grateful for the time I had getting to know Bob while he was in my care. Such an instance of fate that brought us together, as my children’s great grandfather was also one of Bob’s closest friends and even taught him how to fly! Sending all my love to Robert, Judy and June. He loved you guys so much ❤️

  4. Peterson Family, I am very sorry for the loss of your dad. I have many great memories growing up with you as neighbors. He will be missed but not forgotten. R.I.P.

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