James "Pete" Peterson Panora James "Pete" Peterson, 76, son of Ora & Leona (Coffin) Peterson, was born July 15, 1940 in Perry, Iowa. He passed away Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa. He had been battling a blood infection from back surgery. Jim graduated from Panora High School in 1958. Following high School he went to work for Flanery Farms in Guthrie Center. He was drafted into the United States Army, serving from July 9, 1963 to July 8, 1965 during the Vietnam War. He married Glennis Smith on January 7, 1967 at the Panora First Christian Church. They made their home in Panora. To this union daughter Kirsten was born in 1973. Jim worked for Heartland Coop for 55 years, retiring in June of 2016. Jim became a pretty good cook where Kraft Mac & Cheese was a common meal for Kirsten and him as Glennis worked nights. He enjoyed time with his family and friends. He loved to be around his granddaughter Hailey. He was proud to be a grandpa and will always have a special place with Hailey, as he was asked to have his name as Hailey's middle name. He enjoyed antiques and watching or traveling to see old farming techniques and old farm equipment. He was a former long time member of the Panora Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Glennis Peterson of Panora; daughter, Kirsten (Andrew) Meacham of Stuart; beloved granddaughter, Hailey Meacham; brother, Donald Peterson of Bayard; sisters-in-law, Joy Smith of Oskaloosa; Mary Smith of Panora; and Carmen Smith of Des Moines; brother-in-law, Dennis & Kim Smith of Panora; and many nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial services will be 10:30 AM, Monday, October 17, 2016 at the Twigg Funeral Home, Panora. Burial of his cremains will be in the West Cemetery, Panora. Visitation will be Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Panora Fire Dept. or the Taylor House Hospice, Des Moines.
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