Orville Veron Peterson, July 13, 1931~August 4, 2017

Peterson, OrvilleOrville Veron Peterson, age 86, of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He was born in Wilton, North Dakota to Veron Lester Peterson and Edith Anna Franklund on July 13, 1931.

He attended Wilton High School and graduated with a GED with the 1950 class.

Orville enlisted in the Army on July 19, 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1952.  During his military service he took Basic Training and attended Clerical Typing School in Fort Knox, Kentucky.  He was reassigned to Camp Kilmer New Jersey in February 1950 and assigned to General MacArthur’s Head Quarters in Tokyo, Japan.  In September 1950 he fought in the “Invasion of Inchon, Korea” and was assigned to Frontline Infantry with the 7th Division, 32nd Regular Company.  He returned to the United States in June 1950 on a 30-day leave and was assigned to the 5th Mechanical Records Unit in Chicago, Illinois until discharged.  After his discharge from the Army he worked various jobs until employed by the North Pacific Railroad as a Switchman and Brakeman where he worked for 3 years.  He was also employed by Pacific Gamble Robinson for 10 ½ years, attended Capitol Commercial College for one year and was employed by the North Dakota Penitentiary for almost 25 years as a Correctional Officer until retirement.  He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

On November 24, 1954 he married Arloe Jean Hollingsworth.  Together they had 2 children, Diane (Peterson) Reed and Darrin Peterson.

Orville was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Prior to moving to Fayetteville, Orville and Jean lived in Bismarck, North Dakota for 50 years.

He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 59 years, Arloe Jean; his mother and father, Edith and Veron Peterson; as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins.

He is survived by his daughter, Diane (Peterson) Reed and spouse, Carlos; son, Darrin Peterson; grandchildren, Christopher and Courtney Reed of Springdale, Arkansas, Christin (Reed) Flaspohler and Devin of Joplin, Missouri, Trisha Peterson of Dickinson, North Dakota; great-grandchildren, Kameryn Peterson, Landry and Arloe Reed, soon to arrive, Brecken Flaspohler; his brother, Rodney and Ann Peterson of Wilton, North Dakota; sisters, Helen and Marvin Seibold of Hendersonville, North Carolina and Laverne and Ken Hessinger of Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Orville was a gentle and kind-hearted man whose love and genuineness was felt by everyone he knew.  He enjoyed life and deeply loved his family.  Orville will be greatly missed, but we will see him again either in Heaven or when Jesus returns.

Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Monday, August 7, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with the Reverend Harris Sonnenberg officiating.  Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

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    Keith and Lee Franklund » 07. Aug, 2017

    A tribute to a wonderful man, thank you for the many memories.
    Keith and Lee Franklund

    Tim Clausnitzer » 07. Aug, 2017

    Diane and family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. As you stated ‘we will see him again’!
    He was a very kind soft spoken man that I truly respected..

    Paul Kellam » 07. Aug, 2017

    Mr Peterson was a kind and gentle soul, We worked together at the state prison in ND He taught me how to do my job in a way that can only be from the bible itself “treat others the way that you want to be treated” I retired after 25 years and I think that my early training from “Pete” got me through many a stressful situation, Rest in Peace my friend

    Jasmine » 14. Aug, 2017

    To the family of Orville Peterson I send my condolences, nothing can prepare us for the loss of a loved one, may you find comfort in family and close friends, fond memories, and god who is the source of all comfort, Isaiah 41:10 says “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.’”