Richard Peterson Obituary

Richard Gunthorp
Richard Gunthorp "Dick" Peterson

March 24, 1931 - February 10, 2020
Born in Evanston, IL
Resided in Northbrook, Illinois


Richard Gunthorp Peterson (Dick), age 88, passed away peacefully on February 10 after a full life. He leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Karen Flora Peterson, whom he married in 1985. Dick was born March 24, 1931 to Herbert and Geraldine Peterson. He was raised in Wilmette IL, attending Central/Stolp, New Trier and Miami of Ohio University. Following graduation, he served in the US Army as part of the post-Korean War peace keeping effort in Japan. Dick’s religious beliefs and church were an important part of his life. His passion was Jazz. He played clarinet and saxophone with many groups including his own big band and was a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians until his death. Dick and Karen could often be found at Andy’s for “Jazz at Noon” and were active dancers with the Town Club. Dick was involved in developing the Wilmette Youth Hockey program in the early 1960’s, coaching and supporting hundreds of young players over the decades. He continued to play the game into his early 60s. Dick owned & operated Peterson Brothers Insurance, a company founded by his father and uncle. He participated in many professional organizations over the years including the Chicago Board of Underwriters. Dick is predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Harriss Peterson, to whom he was married for 26 years and the mother of his 2 children, along with his only brother, Herbert. In addition to his dear wife Karen, Dick is survived by his daughter Jenny Hill (Jon), his son Doug Peterson (Margot) and step daughter, Margot Boyer (Bob) and five grandchildren, Max Hill, Dan Peterson, Maria Peterson, Rose Peterson and Julia Peterson, as well as many wonderful friends. The Peterson Family is grateful for the care and support of Dick’s reverend, his doctors and hospice team. Please join us in celebrating his life Sunday, February 23 at the Episcopal Church of St James the Less, 550 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield. A church service at 2:00 PM will precede a reception with live jazz and refreshments that Dick would approve of from 3:00-5:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Episcopal Church of St. James the Less or a charity of your choice.




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