Harry Edward Peterson passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at his home in Kennewick.
Harry was born to Ed and Bernice Peterson July 23, 1936, in Chicago. In 1939, his mother, father and sister relocated to Idaho. Harry attended Kamiah schools and graduated in May 1954.
Following high school graduation, “Pete,” as he is known by his friends and colleagues, enlisted in the United States Air Force. He attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Following basic training, he attended Medical Corps training and then was transferred as a medic to Woodbridge Air Base, England. In 1958, he was discharged from the military and returned to Kamiah where he worked at Twin Feathers Mill.
In 1963, he joined the Idaho State Police, where he served as a trooper and later Alcohol Beverage Control investigator until his retirement July 16, 1990. Pete was assigned to various stations, including Lava Hot Springs, Soda Springs, Weiser and Lewiston. Following retirement from the ISP, he managed the Pony Soldier Inn in Lewiston and subsequently in Salem, Ore., while living in Newport, Ore. Following these two jobs, he worked as a security officer for Georgia Pacific and later Spanish Head Inn in Lincoln City, Ore.
Pete moved from Newport, Ore., to Livermore, Calif., in 2014, and later to Kennewick in 2017, where he resided with his daughter, Michelle Schaffer. In addition to his daughter, Michelle, he is survived by a sister, Bonnie Guiomar, who lives in Hayward, Calif.; and a brother, Danny Peterson, who lives in Gilbert, Ariz.; as well as two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and four nieces.
Pete always had a love of dogs and was inseparable from his last Yorkie, Sophia. Pete enjoyed apiculture and fishing as well as clamming on the Newport coast. An additional hobby included appliance/small engine repair. Pete will be greatly missed by friends and family.