SAN ANGELO — Dale Marion Peterson passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Community Medical Center. A family visitation was held on Monday, August 17, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Service was Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the funeral home.
Dale was born May 17, 1926, in Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, to William Henry Peterson and Mary Christine (Jensen) Peterson. He was the seventh of eight children born to that union, and they have all preceded him in death. He was married to Wanda Dannheim in San Angelo, Texas, May 10, 1952. They were married for fifty-seven years.
He served in the United States Navy briefly, and then he trained as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He was Aircraft Commander on a B-47 in the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War. During the Vietnam War he flew cargo for Military Air Command. He retired in 1968 as a Major after twenty-three years of service.
The family then moved to San Angelo, Texas, and he began a new career with the Federal Aviation Administration. After ten years as a Traffic Controller, he transferred to College Station, Texas, where he eventually retired as Chief of the Control Tower at Easterwood Airport. He and Wanda moved back to San Angelo in 2001 to be near family.
Dale was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and he loved his church.
He is survived by his wife of the home; his son, Alan Peterson and his wife, Norma of San Angelo; his son, Eric Peterson and his wife, Kim of San Angelo; and four grandchildren, Jeremy Peterson of Lubbock, Texas, Jeffrey Peterson of Lubbock, Kristin Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ryan Peterson of College Station, Texas. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Geneil Peterson of Idaho, Margaret Keller and husband Con of Manti, Utah, Betty Peterson of Van Nuys, Calif., Vonnie Dannheim of Eldorado, and brother-in-law Sherrill Dannheim and Mary of Sonora. He is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews and special niece and nephew, Karnea and Chayse Dannheim and their children Maegan and Cody of Sonora.
In lieu of flowers please remember Meals for the Elderly, American Heart Association, or charity of your choice.