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Stanley Curtis Peterson

January 6, 2018

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


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19 thoughts on “Stanley Curtis Peterson

  1. I am so grateful to have known Stan. He was kind & gracious to myself & my family. He will be missed. Love & prayers to his wonderful family.

  2. I shall miss this good man. I served with him on the High Council. I love him as my friend

  3. We sure do love the Peterson family. Our thoughts prayers have been with you and co to us to be with you.

  4. Moderator—I just proofread my previous comment and found typos. Please don’t post it and I’ll try again. Thanks!

  5. We sure do love the Peteraon family. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and continue to be with you.

  6. Many fond memories of Brother Peterson. Loved to hear his testimony. My love to your whole family.

  7. Our hearfelt prayers are with you and your families. Much love from Mysha’s family in Canada

  8. Rest Stanley, until you hear at dawn,
    the low, clear reveille of God.

    Thank you for your service to this nation.

  9. My sincerest condolences to the family, Stan and Kay will always have a very special place in my heart. They took me in as a daughter (foster) at a time when I needed them most. I Will always remember Stan’s soft spoken voice and wisdom and fairness when dealing with all of us kids. Love you all and my heart goes out to you all, you’re in my prayers. <3

  10. I feel very blessed to have known Stan. He was such a great example to me in many ways- but especially in his unconditional love of his family.

  11. Still remember the first time you all showed up at the Westlink building. Has been a pleasure being able to know this great man and family. So appreciated by so many and loved by family and friends. Glad to see him pretty recently…what I appreciated most about Stan is his warm smile and gracious spirit. He is one for the ages. My parents send their condolences…

  12. Dear Kay and family, we will keep you all in our prayers at this sacred time of passing. We unfortunately can’t be at the funeral. It would be so wonderful to see all of your family again! May you all be held in Grace.

  13. Kay, I’m sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I worked with you in the Reserve Dept at WSU library for several years and remember our conversations about your kids and husband. You were very inspiring and I admired your strong faith and commitment to your family. I will keep you in my prayers.

  14. Remembering him forever in the best way I know! In his eagle suspenders and a big happy smile on his face! He’s a special guy and we are sending lots of love your way from us both to you all, his amazing family and friends! Hope that you find comfort in the kind words you read and hear knowing without a doubt he touched so many lives over his long and very happy lifetime! Truly a treasure and will be missed!

  15. Love from a home teacher who still cares. May heaven bless you and your family for years in the Lord’s service.

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