Henry A. Peterson, 84, of Clearfield died Thursday at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
Born Nov. 5, 1926, he was the son of the late Henry T. and Emma (Leasure) Peterson. He served as a U.S. Air Force Cadet during World War II.
Mr. Peterson served as president of Clearfield Wholesale Paper Company, Clearfield. He also held many executive positions with the Curwensville State Bank and the Curwensville Nursing Home.
He was a member of the Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church of DuBois and Clearfield as well as the American Legion John Lewis Shade Post #6, Clearfield, where he served as commander. A graduate of the Dickinson College, he was a member of the Phi Kapa Psi Fraternity.
Mr. Peterson was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a local scout master and even attaining the rank of Eagle Scout himself. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family at the Bee Hollow Hunting Club.
He cherished time spent with his family, watching them grow. At the end, having endured the complexities of a long life, he faced his failures and humbly thanked God for Christ’s saving mercy and grace.
Ever a man of few words, gave this final, cherished admonition to his wife and family – “Always take the High Road … Always . . .” He celebrated the freeing truth of this scripture: Matthew 6:44 “Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, an live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
He’s survived by his beloved wife, Helen (Shimmel) Peterson, whom he wed April 27, 1951 in Woodland; three children, Dr. Andrew J. Peterson and his wife, Lynnette of Matthews, NC; David Peterson and his wife, Jill of Rockton; and Joel Peterson and his wife, Cindy of Clearfield; a son-in-law, Thomas Krulick and his wife, Ursula of Allentown; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Ellen Peterson Krulick in June 1998.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with Pastor Charles Winkler officiating. Interment will be in the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church, PO Box 281, DuBois, PA 15801 or to the charity of one’s choice.
The Kevin A Beardsley Funeral home, Clearfield, is in charge of the arrangements.