|Birth: ||Oct. 29, 1893|
|Death: ||Sep. 15, 1991|
DOOR COUNTY (WI) ADVOCATE, Sept. 17, 1991
COMPANY F LOSES FINAL MEMBER PETERSON
The last member of Door and Kewaunee Counties' famed "Last Man Club" of Company F died Sept. 15.
World War I veteran Melvin E. Peterson, 97, 330 S. 16th Place, died at the Door County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility Sept. 15. Peterson, who shared "last man" honors with William Zivney until Zivney's death in 1990, could have claimed (but did not) a bottle of vintage wine held in trust for the last survivor.
Door-Kewaunee's legendary Company F, formed in May, 1917, once numbered 159 men. Twenty-five died in service. Until ill health prevented him from doing so, Peterson faithfully attended Veterans Day services at the county's various high schools for several decades.
Services will be at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. William Dushek officiating, with interment at Bayside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Methodist Church from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday. The Davis Mortuary handled the arrangements.
The son of Frank and Christine Peterson, he was born Oct. 29, 1893 in Ellison Bay. He was a lifetime Door County resident and had served in World War I.
For 25 years he was the custodian of the Methodist Church where he was a member. Mr. Peterson was also a life member of the American Legion, VFW and Henry S. Baird Masonic Lodge.
He married Della Maples and she preceded him in death in 1960.
Surviving are a grandson Thomas (Mary), Rhinelander, three great-grandsons and a daughter-in-law, June Peterson of Sturgeon Bay.
His parents and a son George preceded him in death.
Della Maples Peterson (1893 - 1960)*
M George Peterson (1918 - 1979)*
Plot: Ward A
Maintained by: Mona Anderson
Originally Created by: Rob Watson
Record added: Sep 25, 2010
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