Charles Denver Peterson

June 9, 1927


March 27, 2021

Charles Denver Peterson

June 9, 1927


March 27, 2021

Chuck Peterson, age 93, passed away on the evening of March 27, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. He was the third child born on June 9, 1927 in Ulen, Minnesota, to Ida and Leigh Peterson. He had four brothers and one sister. On the farm that he was raised, he became very mechanically inclined, which served him well all the days of his life. He was always a kid at heart with a passion for fun.

Chuck enlisted in WWII, but was 4F because of an earlier blood poisoning as a baby that froze his left shoulder. With his tenacious spirit, he enlisted again for the Korean War and was accepted. He fought in the front lines in Korea and earned 2 Bronze Stars. Prior to leaving for Korea, he met the love of his life, Joyce Magnuson, in Fargo, North Dakota. When he was discharged from the army, he and Joyce were married on Aug. 9, 1952 (married nearly 69 years). Chuck and Joyce followed his brother, Bud, to Billings to work with him in the masonry business. A month after arriving in Billings, their first child, Scott, was born. Three years later, they had their daughter, Sheri. He later went to work at COP Construction, where he worked and later became superintendent for nearly 30 years. Anyone who had a question or a problem went to him. He had the God-given talent of an “engineering mentality.” which allowed him to problem solve and fix anything. After retiring, he went on to renovate/sell houses. Relaxation for Chuck was working and helping others.

Dad had strong faith in our Lord. He belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church for over 67 years and was active in church council and the property committee (always fixing!!). The church was a huge part of Dad and Mom’s life … always going above and beyond to help others. His big smile, quick wit and silly humor made him an abundance of friends wherever he went. He never hesitated to tell people how special they were to him or how much he loved them. His family meant the world to him. He never missed any function that involved his kids/grandkids. He was an incredible caretaker of his family. He loved doting over his wife, Joyce, and was always her smiling “chauffeur.”

Chuck is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Scott (Connie) Peterson of Vancouver, Washington; and daughter, Sheri (John) Reitz of Billings. He had five grandchildren: Joshua (Brook) Peterson of Spokane, Washington, Travis (Danielle) Peterson of Seattle, Washington, Kirsten Peterson of Portland, Oregon, Megan (Tom) Mahlen of Billings, Joel (Kylie) Reitz of Mount Vernon, Washington, Chuck had seven great-grandchildren: Everest and Finley of Spokane, Wesley and James of Seattle, and Thomas, Charlee and John of Billings. He had an “adopted” son and daughter, Bob and Ione Bloom of Billings, and an “adopted” granddaughter, Crystal West of Billings. He is also survived by two brothers and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the VA (Becky Muller), his caretaker (Julie Wright), Westpark Village staff and St. John’s United Hospice (Teresa) for his wonderful care.

Memorials can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 40 10th St. West or a charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place. A “Celebration of Life” Memorial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at Peace Lutheran Church in Billings.

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12 thoughts on “Charles Denver Peterson”

  1. I only knew Chuck later in his life, but enjoyed any time spent visiting with him. His ready smile and genial personality were always quick to come through. He’s dancing in the fields of the Lord, now. May his family picture him there even while grieving.

  2. As a friend of Sheri’s we would go to the Peterson’s after school and Sheri would play the organ as we would sing. I remember chuck driving in with his COP truck and always had a Giant smile on his face. He was always very kind to the kids who congregated at the Peterson. House. Joyce and Chuck loving kind family people. God bless you all heaven gained another good one today 🤪❤️

  3. Chuck will be greatly missed in our lives – The girls and I send our sincere condolences to Joyce, Sheri and Scott (and the rest of the family). Farewell Instigator (my nickname for Chuck) until we meet again. Give my mom a hug from me when you get to Heaven. Sending our love to you all.

    Jessie Hanna

  4. Josephina Quarnburg

    Chuck was such a caring kind and gentle man. He was our neighbor when I was 9 yrs old and and stayed a good neighbor for next 60plus years no matter where he lived. Please accept my condolences, he loved his family and was so proud of them. Joyce is his true love of his life. Rest in peace you were a giant of a man.

  5. Chuck and Joyce were one of the bright stars of Bethlehem in our years of going there. Always warm and inviting ready to visit. He was truely a wonderful person. I know he will be missed.
    JoAnne Erickson, (Bruce Erickson)

  6. I’m heartbroken to hear of Chuck’s passing. What a wonderful example of a life well lived. Being a friend of Sheri and Scott he and Joyce always welcomed us into their home with kindness and love. His mischievous spirit and smile is what I’ll remember. I’m sending prayers and hugs to all of you. Heaven has gained a special man.❤️

  7. Maureen Schaefer

    Chuck and Joyce were always are favourite people in church. They were long time friends of my in-laws , Morris &Tina Schaefer. So kind and sweet.
    RIP Chuck
    Sincerely Maureen & Wayne Schaefer

  8. Eve Boerschinger

    Chuck was always the nicest man, never saw him without a smile. He and Joyce were the cutest couple and always together. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to Joyce and the family. God Bless.
    Matthew and Eve Boerschinger and son Mark

  9. David Grammens

    Met Chuck many years ago in Billings when we were neighbors of Scott and Connie. He was a fun person to be around and I always enjoyed talking with him. My condolences to the family.

  10. I’ve known Chuck since I was a Cub Scout. What a wonderful, kind and caring man. My heart felt sympathy goes out to his family. God Bless. Al Anderson

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