BENSON – Delmar Glenn Peterson, 92, died at 3:01 a.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019.
He was born Nov. 5, 1926, in Normal, the son of Glenn and Christena Peterson.
Survivors include five children, Susan, Sonja, Stephen, Sarah and Scott; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Errol (Mary) Peterson and his former wife, Barbara.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Delmar graduated from Benson High School and Bradley University, Peoria. He served in the Army during the end of World War II. Delmar was a farmer, postmaster, blacksmith and a ranger for 27 years at Yellowstone National Park in the state of Wyoming before he retired in 1981, as he served in various parks and monuments throughout the country. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Benson, the Elks Club and the Masonic Lodge. As a youngster, he was a member of the 4-H and a Boy Scout. Delmar was an avid amateur historian and was fascinated by railroads, archelogy, astronomy and genealogy. He will be remembered fondly for his love of food, particularly gooseberry pie. And did he tell all about the 1887 Great Chatsworth train wreck?
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Visitation will take place Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in Clayton Township Cemetery in Benson, where military rites will be conducted. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the church, Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or to Vitas Hospice.