OBITUARY OF MICHAEL “MIKE” JOHN PETERSON
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Michael “Mike” John Peterson was born in Billings, Montana on July 19, 1953 to Frank Peterson and Pat Brennan.
He grew up between Billings and his family’s ranch in Clark, Wyoming. He went to school in Billings and in Nebraska where he forged lifelong friendships.
In 1971 Mike joined the Marine Corps and proudly served his country from 1971-1975. Upon returning from overseas, he married Cynde Lande and together they raised two beautiful daughters; Misty Dawn and Summer Joy.
Mike started working at Tractor & Equipment in 1976 and was a month shy of his 43rd anniversary with the company. He was a loyal employee, an encouraging mentor and a valued team member. His family always joked that most of his non-napping hours were spent at T & E and the rest were spent with his grandchildren, whom he truly adored.
Mike loved being outdoors. He would spend hours walking in the hills and fishing. He loved to take his family camping and shooting. He was fastidious about his yard and always proudly hung his Marine Corps flag for every special occasion.
Mike is survived by his daughters, Misty (Erin) Peterson and their children, Rylee, Gabrielle, Peyton, Jordyn and Carolee; Summer Peterson and her children, Tyra and Parker; one sister, Becky (Jeff Hanson) Benjamin and her sons Bryan (Lorrie) and Tom (Jennifer); His Uncle Mick Fraker; Sister-in-Law Dianna (JR) Means and their children Marnie (Andrew), Darren (Dounia), Mike (Wendy) and Matthew (Sarah); and Brother-in-Law Mike (Marilyn) Lande and his daughter Michelle.
A graveside ceremony will be held at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, MT on July 10th at 10:00 AM with a reception immediately following at Eagles FOE, 313 W Main St in Laurel.