Dr. Robert “Pete” Emil Peterson, 91, of Kansas City, MO passed away August 10, 2023. He leaves behind his loving wife, Janita; two sons, Kent and Keith; Daughter-in-Law, Heeok; and two grandchildren, Lucas and Lucia. He was predeceased by his father Oscar, and his Mother Ingeborg, both immigrants hailing from Sweden. Ya, fer sher.
He was born on March 16, 1932, in Kansas City, MO and graduated from Westport High. He attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS where he met his beautiful bride of 69 years, Jan. He then flew the F-86 Sabre jet in the Air Force and helicopters for the National Guard. He graduated from Long Beach State College (UCLB) and UMKC School of Dentistry. He was an excellent athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. Bob had a successful dental practice in the Northland after which he passed along his knowledge and talent as a professor at UMKC School of Dentistry. He was also no stranger to volunteerism. He was President of the Park Hill School Board, President of the Rinehart Foundation-UMKC School of Dentistry, board member at Unity Temple on the Plaza, board member at Stowers Institute for Medical Research, active member at L.D. Pankey Institute for advanced dental education, volunteer at WWI museum, volunteer for Robotics Program for KCMO public school system and avid sports coach.
Bob was loved dearly by all who knew him and there is no one who loved life more.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 25th at 3pm at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. Kansas City, MO 64112. Visitation will begin at 2pm. A reception will follow at 4:30pm at The Clayton Apt Clubhouse, 1407 NW 65th Terr, Kansas City, MO 64118.
RIP Bob, we all love and miss you.