Raymond Clarence Peterson


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Raymond Clarence Peterson Raymond (Ray) Clarence Peterson Jr, age 70, of Goodyear Arizona, passed away peacefully Monday February 11th 2019 at his home in Arizona. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years. Ray was born September 4, 1948 in Fort Sill Oklahoma to Raymond and Mildred Peterson. At the young age of 18, he chose service to country by enlisting in the United States Army. During his six years in the service he would serve two combat infantry tours in Vietnam with the Army's 1st Calvary Division, earning numerous combat medals. After his honorable discharge in 1972, he would continue what became his life's work in serving what he called his "brothers in arms", joining the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a Federal Investigator. He spent 33 years seeking justice for Veterans who had been harmed by financial fraud and benefit manipulation crimes before ultimately retiring from public service in 2005. His retirement afforded him the opportunity to enjoy what he valued most in life; family, video games, good laughs, and his hot sauce collection. He took advantage of every opportunity he had to make his grandchildren smile, wearing his silly train conductor hat or Spongebob Squarepants trousers usually did the trick. He felt no greater honor than waking each day tasked with caring for his wife of 50 years whom he adored. He was a simple man... extremely humble, gracious, and proud. He was selfless, thinking more of those around him than he did of himself. Most important, he loved deeply and unconditionally. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Faith Peterson; along with two children, daughter Kimberley Roberts and her husband Phillip of Rohnert Park, California, son Raymond Peterson and his wife Rae of San Diego, California; four grandchildren, Keylee, Ashlee, Riley, and Emma; three brothers, Mark, Tom, and Kenny Peterson, as well as one sister, Patricia Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas; and many loving nieces, nephews, and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mildred. A memorial and scattering of ashes at sea will be held during the summer in San Diego. The family kindly requests that all donations be made payable to the American Cancer Society.
Published on March 13, 2019
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Apr 22, 2019
i miss you so much papa. I wish you were here. I just wanna hear your voice and see you smile. I need you so bad 😭. love u soooo much
Apr 10, 2019
i miss you soooo much papa!!!!! there’s not a day where i don’t think about you. i love you so much ❤️
Kimberley Peterson Roberts
Mar 17, 2019

The regret, remorse, and guilt I carry will be forever in my soul till we meet again! I am lost, literally lost in life right now! I miss you so so very much! I look forward to seeing you again one day to have the hug only my daddy could give me! You were always my savior when I need you and now your gone and I am empty! Your wisdom, smile, and other qualities no one could match! You were my Daddy! And now your gone! I am so sorry from the bottom of my soul for the whole family as I know they are grieving too! You touched so many lives! More than you could ever imagine! I am truly Sorry Daddy! And when I see you my soul will be healed! Until then I cherish the two things
... I have you gave me! My bear from when Ashlee was born and you walked in to me crying and your hippie necklace! I wear it everyday! Please forgive me Daddy! I love you Daddy! ❤️💕Read more
Rae Peterson
Mar 13, 2019
I can truly say I feel like the luckiest person on earth to have been your daughter-in-law. My life was made better just having you in it!! Thank you for loving me like your own. Thank you for giving my children such an amazing relationship with you! I never had a papa growing up and I believe my kiddos were so blessed to have you so relevant in their lives. You left us all too soon and we will miss you more than you know... but you left us with such wonderful memories. We love u papa!! Rest In Peace until we are all together again.
Mar 13, 2019
RIP Ray, now you are pain free.I missed you and Faith when you moved to Arizona but i will miss you so much more now. We have 25 plus years of great memories with you and Faith. My heart breaks for you Faith and if you ever need me please call. Ray may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand. We will miss you.
Mar 13, 2019
Awww Big Ray, it is with a heavy heart to say goodbye for now. You and Faith are two of the most influential people in my life. I carry life lessons from you my friend, always a smile to share. You, without a doubt, spread your unconditional love, compassion and understanding to so many. I am so sorry for your loss Faith. I love you and think of you often. Until we meet again Big guy...
Mar 13, 2019
My papa. My heart hurts. I wish you were here enjoying life with us but i know you’re pain free and watching over all of us. I miss you so much but I will be strong. I promise. I love you Papa, with all my heart. I can’t wait to see you again ❤️
Faith Peterson
Mar 13, 2019
I miss the love of my life. It’s difficult to go on each day. I know Ray would want me to, but it is so hard. With the love and support of my family, friends and God I know I will endure through these difficult days. I know Ray is watching over me every day. All I can say is my life was the happiest when you were with me. Until we meet again Ray I Love You.