Obit from Sullivan County Democrat on line in an issue dated Dec 2 2002
John Lawrence Peterson of Hankins, a well-known children's book author and longtime area resident, died at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home on Saturday, November 30, 2002. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Col. Carl LeRoy and Olive Ann Barnes Peterson, he was born February 10, 1924, in Bradford, Pa.
A noted artist, illustrator and author, he was a 1948 alumnus of Pratt Institute, Illustration. Over the past four decades, he wrote more than 25 children's books including the celebrated Littles series, published by Scholastic, Inc.
A World War II veteran, he served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division, was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant First Class and had received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Peterson was a 36-year member of the Authors Guild.
Known throughout the community for his witticism, Mr. Peterson once suggested his own epitaph with typically wry humor — "He lived his life. He had some fun. And lost his marbles — one by one." Thank you, Pete, for leaving us laughing.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Holly Winifred Simmonds Peterson, at home in Hankins; four children, John Christopher Peterson of Owego, Matthew James Peterson of Ithaca, Joel David Barnes of Hankins and Elizabeth Holly Peterson of Brooklyn; a brother, Col. Carl LeRoy Peterson Jr. of Virginia; two sisters, Mary Ann Snider of the state of Florida and Barbara June Shull of North Carolina; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon. A reception and celebration of his life will be held in the church undercroft after the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601 or to The Authors Guild, Inc., 31 East 26 St., New York, NY 10016.
Holly Winifred Simmonds Peterson
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