Roy S. Peterson

September 18, 2012

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Roy Peterson

Roy S. Peterson, a longtime resident of Issaquah, passed away at the age of 85 on Sept. 10, 2012, at Aegis of Issaquah.

Roy was born July 30, 1927, in Bellingham, the son of John and Amanda Peterson. He was raised in Bellingham, where he graduated from Meridian High School and Western Washington University. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and played football at WWU.

On July 8, 1949, he married Lois Gene Reyman in Bellingham. They moved to Issaquah in 1952 and spent 53 years together.

Roy coached football and taught for five years in the Issaquah School District. He served as a board member for Bellevue Community College and Overlake Hospital. Roy was also a respected member of the Issaquah City Council for more than 12 years. He retired after 30 years from The Boeing Co. in 1986.

He later married Connie Miller, of Lake Stevens, in February of 2003; she predeceased him last year.

Roy was a proud member of the Lake Sammamish Elks, Issaquah Eagles, Vasa Lodge, Myrtle Lodge No. 108 F&AM and the American Legion Post 161 of Redmond. In later years, he served as a docent for the Issaquah History Museums and volunteered with the Issaquah Visitor’s Center.

Survivors include children Roy and Debbie Peterson, of Federal Way, and John and Sheila Peterson, of Renton; daughter Linda Sturza, of Camano Island; and stepdaughter Linda (and Gary) Johnson, of Bellingham. Eleven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson also survive Roy.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Lower Hillside Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Lake Sammamish Elks on Rainier Boulevard North in Issaquah (across the street west of the Darigold plant).

Friends are invited to attend the services and reception. Please sign the family’s online guest book at

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