James “Don” Peterson, age 73, of Antigo died at his home Saturday, November 28, 2015.
Don was born on August 2, 1942 in Antigo to the late Harry and Audrey (Streich) Peterson formerly of White Lake.
He was a graduate of White Lake High School’s class of 1960.
Don was united in marriage to Shirley Hill on December 7, 1968 at Peace Lutheran Church.
Don worked for Diercks & Sons in White Lake and later began a long career as a railroad employee. He worked for the Soo Line, Wisconsin Central Railroad and Canadian National Railroad retiring after 38 years on February 28, 2005 as a mobile crane operator. Throughout his life he was a hard worker. Following his retirement, he continued to work at FS and Mattek & Sons part time.
Don was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.
He treasured time with his grandchildren and family. He continued his love for the railroad and shared his knowledge and expertise with others that shared his interest. He was helpful in the development of the railroad displays at the Langlade County Historical Museum and the White Lake Museum.
Don enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and was an avid NASCAR fan.
In addition to his wife, Shirley, Don is survived by 2 daughters, Sheila (Dan) Kainz of Tomahawk and Kathy Lynn Peterson of Antigo, a son Michael Peterson (Mary Koss) of Antigo, 4 grandchildren Nickolas Krimmer, Levi Krimmer, Katelyn Peterson, Stephanie Koss, a great granddaughter Aliyah Krimmer, and a brother David (Judy) Peterson of White Lake.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday at Strasser-Roller Funeral Home. Reverend David Karolus will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:30 until the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
God saw you getting weary,
He did what he thought best;
He put His arms around you
And said, “Come and rest.”
On that heartbreaking day,
And with His arms around you
You gently slipped away.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
A part of us went with you
The day God called you home.