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Official Obituary of

Robert V. and Geraldine Peterson


Robert Victor “Bob” Peterson passed away on September 24, 2023 in Plainfield, Indiana, at the age of 105.

He was born to Syster Alfrida and Herman Peterson on September 12,1918 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Ralph Peterson and Raymond Peterson and granddaughter, Ann Galyan Horan.  Bob was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of the Karnak Lodge #442, Indian River, Michigan, and was previously a member of the Moslem Shriners in Detroit, Michigan. 

Geraldine “Gerry” Peterson (née Perry) passed away on January 15, 2024 in Plainfield Indiana, at the age of 105.  She was born in Detroit to Bessie and Claud W. Perry on March 30, 1918.

Gerry was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and an aunt, who 

helped Claud raise her from a very young age and granddaughter, Ann Galyan Horan.

Gerry and Bob, living near each other on Detroit’s east side, grew up together, were united in marriage on April 19,1941. They celebrated their 82nd anniversary in 2023.Their relationship was a very special one of love, respect and caring for each other throughout those many years.  

After helping to care for family members and raising their three children in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, Gerry and Bob spent summers in Indian River, Michigan, at their home on Mullett Lake.  Winters were spent in Florida for a number of years. Later, they moved to Plainfield, Indiana, near family.  

They stayed very active traveling, square dancing and playing golf. Throughout their lives they held closely to their faith and were members of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Cheboygan, Michigan. They enjoyed socializing with many friends of all ages over the years.  Family gatherings at the lake have been very special times for all. 

The family is very grateful to all the caregivers and hospice staff who touched and enriched their lives at Cumberland Trace Health and Living Community in Plainfield.    

Bob and Gerry are survived by children David (Cathy) Peterson, Sandra (Michael) Galyan, Robert (Julie) Peterson; grandchildren Kathleen Peterson, Timothy Galyan, Kelly Peterson and Laura Peterson Gray;  great-grandchildren Kyrsa Galyan, Dane Galyan and Zander Gray.  

Communications to the family can be made through Hall Baker Funeral Home, 339 E Main St., Plainfield, Indiana  46168  Phone:(317) 839-3366

There will be a family ceremony and interment at Detroit’s Forest Lawn Cemetery.  

Memorials may be directed to: Plainfield United Methodist Church (PUMC)

600 Simmons Street, Plainfield, IN 46168  Attention: Homeless Mission

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