John William Peterson Jr., known as Pete to close friends, Bill to family, and John to coworkers, was born November 28, 1947 in Klamath Falls, Oregon and graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1966.
He passed away August 16, 2009 in Redding. John’s death was due to complications from his 2.5 year battle with esophageal cancer. He was a strong and brave man who continued to battle until the end.
John’s passion was classic cars. He could spot a Chevy from a mile away, behind a barn, down a hill, covered by an inch of dirt and leaves. He was nearly finished restoring his wife’s ’57 Chevy and eagerly looked forward to beginning the restoration of his ’55 Chevy.
A lover of his job, John began his 36-year career with Southern Pacific Railroad in Klamath Falls and ended it as a Union Pacific Form B Foreman with the system tie gang in 2007. He often said he had the best job on the railroad.
In recent years John took many deep sea fishing trips off the coasts of northern California and Oregon. He recently spent time fishing in Alaska with his brother, fulfilling a dream of many years.
John was preceded in death by his father, John William Peterson, Sr.; and his grandmother, Daphne “Sis” Settle.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 41 years, Dixie; daughter, Kris Peterson, husband Matias Cafaro and their son Massimo Cafaro; daughter, Dana Peterson and husband Joseph Parks and their menagerie of animals; his mother, Etta Fernlund of Langel Valley, Oregon; sisters, Donna Esch (Bob) of Portland and Janelle Montieth (Daymond) of Langel Valley, Oregon;  brother, Kenny Peterson (Paula) of Beaverton, Oregon; and his beloved animals Chevy, Sebastian and Jasper (dogs) and Bailey, Buster and Cricket (cats).
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 5, at 1 p.m. at Dunsmuir’s Community Building.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.