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Lawrence V. Peterson

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Lawrence V. Peterson

February 20, 1918 ~ July 24, 2013

Lawrence V. Peterson, 95, of Cashmere, WA, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Cashmere Convalescent Center. Lawrence was born on February 20, 1918, to Victor and Melita (Matt) Peterson in Holdingford, MN. The family located to Washington in 1922, to the community of Dryden. Lawrence grew up and attended school in Dryden, where he met his future wife, Sybil Hall. While in high school, Lawrence played basketball for the Dryden High School team and, in 1936, the team, with only six players, won the Chelan County Tournament. After graduating in 1936 from Dryden High School, Lawrence attended Washington State University, where he was active in the ROTC program. When World War II broke out, Lawrence joined the Coast Guard and served on the Western Washington Coast. Lawrence married Sybil Hall on September 12, 1943, taking his wife to La Push, WA. While stationed at La Push, Lawrence helped rescue many Russian sailors, whose ship had run aground. Lawrence’s next duty station was Copalis Beach, where he was in charge of the horse patrol guarding the beach. While still in the Coast Guard, Lawrence received his Diploma from Washington State University on May 22, 1944, in Bachelor of Science in wildlife management. After an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard on July 4, 1945, Lawrence and Sybil returned to Dryden, so he could work on the family orchard. They moved to their present home in Cashmere in 1954, where they raised both of their children and owned and operated the family orchard. Lawrence and Sybil had a passion for traveling and among their favorites they visited were New Zealand, Australia, China, England and the Amazon River. They spent many winters in Arizona, but Lawrence had a special place in his heart for Alaska. He loved to brag that he and Sybil drove the Alaskan Highway 18 times. In June of this year, Lawrence got his wish and made one more trip to Alaska with his grandson, Jeff, to fish for halibut and salmon on the Kenai Peninsula. Lawrence and Sybil also loved trips closer to home that involved their family, fishing and camping. Lawrence had numerous interests and activities, including the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, President of the Dryden School Board, President of Cascoa Warehouse and the Cashmere Presbyterian Church.

Lawrence is survived by his son, Larry Peterson of Cashmere; daughter, Karen (Dean) Overbey of Nenana, AK; brother, Ralph (Pauline) Peterson of Wenatchee; his sisters, Mildred Grams of Spokane, Viola Buchanan of Wenatchee, Ruth Mylius of Wenatchee and Shirley (Arlo) Reister of Wenatchee; his six grandchildren, Jeff (Tara) Peterson, Chris (Vicki) Peterson, Tye Overbey, Holli (Brent) Widener, Bridget Overbey, and Kelsey Overbey; and his three great-grandchildren, Koen, Taylor and Harper Peterson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil, in April 2012; his parents; an infant son; an infant granddaughter; and one sister.

Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home of Wenatchee has been entrusted with the arrangements, including a Visitation on Monday, July 29, 2013, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a Graveside Service at the Cashmere Cemetery on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. with Military Honors. Please express your thoughts and memories for the family on the online memorial website at In lieu of flowers, please give to the Seattle Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.

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