Stanley Curtis Peterson,86, passed away January 6th, 2018. Stan was born July 5th, 1931 in Gunnison, Sanpete county, Utah. Son of Melroy Lester Peterson and Elva Deon Curtis. Stan married Kay Arden Yarbrough on December 28,1957, in Spokane, Washington.
Stan was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and held many responsibilities in his years of church service, among them serving as Bishop and on the High Council.
Stan had a lifelong love of learning and education. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Photographic Journalism from Utah State University after which he proudly served four years in the United States Army. Stan returned to education through the ROTC program and earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, also from the University of Utah.
Stan loved sports and participated in many. In college he was on the Swim and Dive team at Utah State University.
His career in Engineering spanned over 40 years, Stan helped develop guidance systems for nuclear missile’s systems, radar systems for fighter military aircraft, and navigation systems. He was also was part of a refit team for Air Force One.
Stan loved to play chess, and taught his children and grandchildren and loved to challenge them to a game. He also played with coworkers and played postcard chess through the mail.
His greatest rolls in life were husband and father, and delighted in being a grandfather. He was adored by all of his grandchildren, and great- grandchildren.
Stan is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kay Peterson, son David (Joni) Peterson, of Bentonville, Arkansas, daughter Mary (Scott) Hitchcock, of Hemet, California, Wendy (Ryan) Holmes, of Wichita, Kansas, son Matthew (Blenda) Peterson of Ceder Rapids, Iowa and Joseph (Annie) Peterson of Murrieta, California. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Stan is preceded in death by his parents, siblings Melroy Peterson Jr, sisters Donna Woods and Arlene Peterson.
Also preceded in death by his beloved daughter Laura M’Lisse and two grandsons, Gabriel Storrie and Seth Dylan Klein.
Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on North 29th and Ridge Road in Wichita, Kansas. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial with military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery Newton, Kansas.
Memorials to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice c/o Petersen Funeral Home