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Clinton Eugene Peterson

Clinton Eugene Peterson, 76, of McPherson, Kan., passed away at 1:32 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, while in the company of family members at Schowalter Villa, Hesston, Kan.

Peterson was born in Wichita, Kan. on July 3, 1942, a son of Mabel Leona (Brown) and Oscar Anyard Peterson.

Peterson attended Harmony County School, rural McPherson, and graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson, Kan. in 1960.  He attended and graduated from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

Through the years, Peterson worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas as an Engineer; SG Diesel Power of McPherson, Kan. as Vice President of Operations and Sales Rep.; owned and operated Peterson and Associates from which he retired.

Peterson was a member of the Wheat State Riders Motorcycle Club along with a few others in Texas.

Peterson enjoyed league bowling in McPherson, riding his motorcycle, camping and fishing at many lakes, reading, going to trivia in Wichita, and spending time with his family and friends.

Clint Peterson was united in marriage to Phyllis Jean Hawkinson on April 6, 1962 at New Gottland Lutheran Church in rural McPherson, Kan. The young couple established its first home together in Texas. This union was blessed with the birth of three sons: Anthony, Martin, and Michael. 

Peterson was united in marriage to Deborah Jean Wright on June 12, 1978 at Seagoville Baptist Church, Seagoville, Texas. This union was blessed with Deb’s two sons: Bradley and Philip. The couple established its first home together in Garland, Texas. In 1979 they moved to rural McPherson, Kan.. Deb died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

He is survived by his children: Martin “Marty” Peterson and wife Laura, of McPherson, Kan.; Mike Peterson, of Whitesboro, Texas; Philip Heathcock, of McPherson, Kan., and Brad Heathcock and wife Carrie, of Ector, Texas: his eight grandchildren, Hunter Heathcock, Tanner Heathcock, Tony Peterson (Stephanie), Heather Dubois (Nick), Zach Peterson (Amanda), Courtney Heathcock, Monica Diederich (Seth), and Jake Heathcock; his three great-grandchildren: Carter Diederich, Max Peterson, and Cassden Diederich.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Oscar Peterson; his wife, Deborah Jean (Wright) Peterson; and a son, Anthony Dale “Tony” Peterson.

Visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Glidden – Ediger Chapel, McPherson.


The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at the Glidden – Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas  with his granddaughter Heather Dubois officiating.

Burial will be in the New Gottland Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural McPherson, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and they can be sent in care of the Glidden – Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid Street, McPherson, KS 67460.

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