Obituary: C.L. “Pete” Peterson

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

C.L. “Pete” Peterson, age 75 of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away Friday July 14, 2017, as the result of an auto accident in New Mexico.

He was born on February 2, 1942, in Fargo, N.D. After graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Marine Corp and spent the next four years at Camp Pendleton, California, Japan and the Pacific Theater. It was in San Bernardino, Calif., that he met and married Judy Grove in 1963, they later divorced in 1981. He spent 32 years in California then moving to Fort Scott, Kan., in 1992. He was a life member of the VFW Post 1165 Fort Scott, Kan., and a life endowment member of the NRA.

Pete is survived by two daughters, Penny Zaritsky and husband Marty of Big Bear, Calif., and Becky Elliott and her husband Terence of Riverside, Calif.; three grandchildren, Amanda and Sarah Zaritsky, and Cora Elliott; two brothers, Tom Peterson, of Independence, Mo., and Mike Peterson and wife Judy of Las Vegas, Nev.; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2017, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan. Arrangements entrusted to the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main Fort Scott, KS. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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