Wayne D Peterson

1932-11-09 - 2020-07-11

U.S. Veteran

Funeral Home: Crete Funeral Home 1182 Main Street Crete IL (Map-it)


Service Date: 0000-00-00

Service Time:

Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W. Hoff Road Elwood, Illinois 60421, Elwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-672-7600

Web: https://www.cretefuneralhome.com/ (Go)

Wayne D. Peterson age 87 long time resident of Beecher, Illinois passed away on July 11, 2020.  Beloved husband to Sue (nee Wassmann).  Loving father to Mark Peterson, Matt (Grace) Peterson, Kevin (Vickie) Peterson, Erik (Sharon) Peterson and Amy (Thomas) Peterson-Janicki.  Perceded in death by sons Timothy Peterson, Randall Peterson and parents Leonard and Elvira (Jurgerson) Peterson. Cherished grandfather to Chloe, Randy, Jaime (Nick) and Eden.  Brother to Shirley (Russ) Boettger, late Charlene (late Eddie) Niebling, late Donald (late Joyce) Peterson, late Norma (late Marvin) Grutzius, Jerry (late Nancy) Peterson, late Kenneth (Dawn) Peterson and Leonard Peterson.  Fond Uncle to many nieces and nephews.  A special thank you to Steve & Cheryl Peterson and family for all their help and support.  Dear brother in law to Sara (Vince) Schrementi and nieces Tori and Angela. Fond son in law to Beverly Wassmann.

Wayne was a self-employed general contractor and he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.  Wayne also served as a member of the Crete Volunteer Fire Department.

A special thank you to all the doctors & nurses that cared for Wayne, especially Dr. Stephanie Marshall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Wayne’s memory to the Crete Fire Department, Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete and the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 19th from 2 PM until 7 PM with services immediately following at Crete Funeral Home, 1182 Main Street, Crete, Illinois 60417.

Private internment for family: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois.

Due to the current circumstances and restrictions caused by Covid-19, we ask that you please follow the states guidelines of wearing masks/face coverings and social distancing on behalf of the family and the funeral home staff.  We would like to thank you for your cooperation.




  1. Karen Cearing on July 14, 2020 at 10:22 am
    I will always remember Uncle Wayne with much love. He will truly be missed by all of his family and friends.

  2. Cheryl Peterson on July 14, 2020 at 4:29 pm
    I will miss Uncle Wayne for all the times he and Aunt Sue saved me. Only Sue will know – but the tracks left in our front yard when we had our pool put in, when Indy (beloved beagle) was aging and Uncle Wayne made him his very own bed and when jumping in to help without being asked whenever we needed something, like the finishing of our basement. I will also miss him dearly at our monthly poker games. Although he was my uncle by marriage, he had a way of making me feel special. I am so glad I have mementos he has left our family to remember him by. I will never forget you Uncle Wayne and will never stop loving you.

  3. Steven Peterson on July 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm
    This is the first time I have done something like this. But as the last few months unfolded I feared this time would be coming. It came too fast. What do you say to convey your love and admiration for a man such as Wayne Peterson. I am so glad I had the opportunity to reconnect with my Uncle Wayne and Aunt Sue. Over the pass twenty some years (has it been that long?) we shared holidays, birthdays, special occasions both good and sad and in recent years gathered together in a much beloved monthly Saturday poker night. While always a hotly contested event for the bragging rights it was also a time of story sharing and great conversation. Thank you to George and Joan Sons for having the parties so long ago that spawned this event. And a special event it was for as we continued to play over the years a new generation joined us. Krystle and Nick Winne joined in and later Chloe Peterson and others would also occasionally play. It was always time well spent and gave us an avenue to see Uncle Wayne as the person he truly was. He was a man of few words,was strong in his beliefs and a mite bullheaded. Bullheadedness is a trait carried by many of the Peterson clan and while it gets us in trouble at times it also make us resilient and as successful as we want to be. To an outsider Uncle Wayne could have seemed a little gruff but I knew from our conversations and his deeds that his heart was as big as they got. He helped me in word and deed more than a few times and I was always happy when a time came where I could help him. Not that he ever actual asked for help, for he seemed invincible at times for the way he would tackle situations that would have broken lesser men. I asked him about this recently as he was helping me with some personal issues of my own. He gave a lot of the credit to his time in the Marines. He told me that it was that Marine experience that molded him into believing that anything was possible. While I’m a little passed an age where enlisting would be practical, our conversation is helping me to resolve things I need to resolve. He was also so grateful for the love and care of his wife Sue. He told me and others that without her love and care he would have died a long time ago and for that care I am also eternally grateful. I will miss you very much Uncle, I have many great memories to hold on to for now. Hold a spot at the poker table for me, I expect to see Dad, Uncle Kenny and you again. Until then, Love You, Stevie

  4. Joan and George sons on July 16, 2020 at 10:36 am
    To the Peterson family
    It was a pleasure to have met Wayne and to know he was a great relative and friend and confidant to our dear friends Steve and Cheryl.Our time here on earth is so short, we make the best life we can but sometimes lose site of really living until we lose a loved one.Today is the first day of the rest of our life,make it the best day you can everyday!We will all meet again and join all our loved ones that left this earth before us..Keep the faith and God Bless you all
    Love Joan and George

  5. Joan and George sons on July 16, 2020 at 11:04 am
    To the Peterson family
    It was a pleasure to have known Wayne, and to know he was such a great relative, friend and confidant to our dear friends Steve and Cheryl.We all live life the best we can, but sometimes lose site of really living, until we lose a loved one.Life on this planet is short.This is the first day of the rest of our life, make sure we live it the best we can and make the most of everyday we have left.We will all meet again some day and be reunited with all of our loved ones that left this earth before us.God bless you all and keep the faith.So sorry for your loss.
    Love joan and george

  6. Kim Carlson on July 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm
    I will miss Wayne, he always made me laugh. He had a very kind heart and always had a helping hand. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep the whole family in my prayers.
    Love Kim Carlson

  7. Billmuirhead on July 18, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Rest In Peace Wayne

  8. Cynthia Schroeder on November 28, 2020 at 6:15 pm
    So sorry to hear that Uncle Wayne has passed. We lost touch with family when my Mom, Norma, passed. Love, Cindy

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