Larry E Peterson (1934 - 1998)



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Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend, Writer, Dreamer

My dad, Larry Eugene Peterson was born in Ames Iowa on Mother's Day, May 13, 1934. His dad died when he was just six years old. Larry spent most of his childhood in an ophanage and other state and federal insitutions.

He Married when he was 23 and had two sons and a daughter. My dad was a self-educated man who worked himself up from the position of Core Maker at John Deere Foundry in East Moline, Illinois to holding the positition of Senior Electrical Engineer with that same company. He went on to become the Plant Superviser of Verticel Honeycomb Inc. in Englewood, Colorado.

My dad, also known as The Orphan Boy, spent his short retirement in Denver, the beloved city of his youth, where he passed away in his sleep on Februrary 7, 1998.

The following is a song about his childhood that he wrote, and was published and had recorded.

A Boy I Use To Know (Original title "I'm A Time Traveler."©)

Recorded by: HillTop Records, under a country label. Album name: America. #AM-236 --- Released: October '97. Sung by: Kathy Rider Written by: Larry Eugene Peterson.

I'm a time traveler, I travel back in time. Never to the future for I'm afraid of what I'll find I travel back in time, to a time long ago. I travel back to see a boy I use to know.

He's a lonely boy, a lost orphan boy. He walks all alone, no one to call his own. No one to care, no one's love to share. He walks all alone, no one to call his own.

30 seconds of instrumental music..........

I'm a time traveler, I travel back in time. Never to the future for I'm afraid of what I'll find I travel back in time, to a time long ago. I travel back to see a boy I use to know.

I've seen so many tears, all through the years. There was no one to hold him, nor to wipe away the tears It hurt so much to see the boy cry. It hurt so much, I wanted to die.

I'm a time traveler, I travel back in time. Never to the future for I'm afraid of what I'll find I travel back in time, to a time long ago. I travel back to see a boy I use to know.

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in Ames, Iowa United States


on at Home, in Denver, Denver County, Colorado United States
Cause of death: Heart Diease

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Heart Diease

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at Ames Municople Cemetary, in Ames, Iowa United States


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Denver, Denver County, Colorado

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Parent: Sylvia B Halterman-Peterson
Siblings: Jim D Peterson and Juanita Barbara Frye-Peterson

Wife: Jeanette Kathleen (Archer) Peterson
Children with Jeanette: Bobbie Jude (Peterson) Swaim, Timothy Eugene Peterson, and Terry Lynn Peterson


Self-educated Electrical Engineer


Senior Electrical Engineer at John Deere Foundy, East Moline, IL.

Plant Manager at Verticle Inc, Englewood, CO.


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1934 - In the year that Larry E Peterson was born, on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

1935 - He was merely 1 year old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

1943 - Larry was only 9 years old when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

1950 - When he was 16 years old, on June 25th, the Korean War began when North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea and the U.N., primarily the United States backed South Korea.

1998 - In the year of Larry E Peterson's passing, on December 19th, the movie Titanic - based on the 1912 sinking of the ship and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - was released. Winning 11 Oscars, it was the first film to gross over a billion dollars and eventually grossed over $2 billion.

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Larry E Peterson, father to 3 children, died on February 7, 1998 at Home, Denver, Colorado at age 63. His cause of death is listed as: heart Diease. He was buried in Ames Municople Cemetary, Ames, Iowa. He was born on May 13, 1934 in Ames, Iowa. He was born to Sylvia B Halterman-Peterson, with siblings Jim and Juanita. Larry married Jeanette Archer. and they gave birth to Bobbie Jude (Peterson) Swaim, Timothy Eugene Peterson, and Terry Lynn Peterson.


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