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The Idaho Statesman
J. Reed Peterson 1921-2012 J.Reed Peterson passed away June 14, 2012, at his home in
Boise, four days shy of his ninety-first birthday. He was born on a ranch near Ovid, Idaho
on June 18, 1921. He took great pride in relating that his great-grandfather, Thomas
Christian Peterson, came to Idaho in 1864, and his own great-grandchildren are seventh
generation Idaho. At an early age, J.Reed moved to Boise and resided in this area for most
of his life. He graduated from Boise High School, Boise Junior College, and the University
of Idaho. While attending the University of Idaho, J.Reed became a member of the Kappa
Sigma fraternity. He served as President of the Inter-Fraternity Council and was on the
University's President's Board which helped determine future expansion projects.
J.Reed was the student representative on that board. J.Reed was a member of the Boise
State University Alumni Association and the University of Idaho Alumni Association. He was
instrumental in starting t!
he University of Idaho Century Club, which for many years raised considerable monies to
assist athletic programs at the University of Idaho. For this effort, he received letters
of commendation from the President of the University of Idaho and from the Athletic
Director. J.Reed enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. He became a commissioned officer and
remained in the Air Force for the duration of World War II. After the war, J.Reed became a
member of the Air Force Reserves. On May 10, 1947, at St. Michael's Cathedral in
Boise, J.Reed married the love of his life, Anne Kading. Anne and J.Reed were blessed with
four children who loved and adored him, and will miss him terribly. Each day that passes
without him is a sadness and a reminder of just how precious life really is. In 1948,
J.Reed became associated with Credit Finance Corporation. He became manager of the
Caldwell, Idaho branch and prior to leaving the company, became supervisor of the Nampa
and Weiser branches. While l!
iving in Caldwell, J.Reed became involved in service to the community.
He was a Director of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, and
Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. J.Reed was Canyon County Chairman of the
Savings Bond Division of the Treasury Department. Under his leadership, Canyon County
received the first Treasury Flag award presented in Idaho. For this accomplishment, he was
awarded the Certificate of Merit from the Secretary of the Treasury. J.Reed was a member
of the Caldwell Rotary Club and the Caldwell Elks Lodge. In 1952, J.Reed decided
self-employment was the key to success and returned to Boise to start his own business. He
became a manufacturer's representative and eventually became a Director and Vice
President of L & K Company, one of the country's largest manufacturers of textiles
and textile products. J.Reed retired in 1985. He was a member of St. Michael's
Episcopal Cathedral, and was a past member of Crane Creek and Hillcrest Country Clubs.
J.Reed never met a stranger. His mind and memory !
were as sharp as ever until the very end of his life. He was an avid reader, great
story-teller, and often kept those fortunate enough to be in his presence entertained with
his stories. Having grown up in Boise, and being a historian of sorts, J.Reed loved to
relate accounts of Boise past. He epitomized the meaning of gentleman and was generous to
a fault. J.Reed Peterson is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anne, his parents, John
S. and Georgia Peterson, brothers Woody, Wayne, and Jake Peterson. He is survived by his
children, Jan (Bob) Raeder, Elizabeth (Jim) Carmody, Mary (Jim) Tate, and Reed (Mary Kay)
Peterson. In addition, he is survived by seven beautiful grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren, as well as very special life-long friends. A celebration of
J.Reed's life will be held on Thursday, June 21st from 3 to 6 p.m., at the home of Jim
and Mary Tate. At J.Reed's request, there will not be a funeral service.
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 17, 2012
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