Services for Willis I. Peterson, 80, who died Thursday at Comfort Care Homes in Newton, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Marion County Lake shelter house on the east side.
His life began Feb. 11, 1941, in Hillsboro Hospital. He was a son of Curtis R. and Winifred (Nansen) Peterson.
He was in the first graduating class of Centre High School in 1959. He played football and was in the band.
He continued his education at Kansas State University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity (Alpha Iota chapter) and Army ROTC. Willis graduated in 1964 with a degree in milling technology.
He operated Cargill Mill in Wichita for more than 15 years and worked in oil fields.
Farming his land was his true calling. During his working life, he commuted 80 miles each way nearly every day to be able to live on his farm.
After retiring in 2004 from Cargill Mill, he continued to farm in Morris and Marion counties.
He was a member of Hebron Lutheran Church in Burdick and also attended Aulne Church. He enjoyed collecting agricultural antiques.
He was united in marriage July 3, 2004, at Marion County Lake to the former Karyn “Sue” Glenn.
Survivors include his wife, Sue, of Marion; sons Daine (and wife Kat) Peterson of Hillsboro, Curtis (and wife Marcy) Peterson of Holcomb, and Troy (and wife Chris) Peterson of Lincolnville; grandchildren Amanda, Dakota, Cheyenne, Avery, Ty, Jon, Sydnee, Jakob, Nick, Emilee, Tucker, Michael, Sabrina, Brandon, Taylor, Hannah and Grace; several great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Warren Peterson of Sedona, Arizona; and niece and nephew Sam and Katie.
He also will be missed by his beloved fur babies Zoey, Suzy, and Pia.
He was preceded in death by his beloved infant son, David Joel; and his faithful dog, Bobby.
Yazel-Megli Funeral Home is serving the family.
Memorials have been established with Good Shepherd Hospice or Comfort Care Homes of Newton Service Dog Fund in care of the funeral home.
The family requests that you sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Willis at www.ymzfh.com.