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“Bob was my teacher while in high school at Alamo ND. Always cheerful, ready to help, just an all around very, very nice man. May God bless &...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Helen Dollan

“We have many happy memories of knowing Bob as a man of integrity. May the Lord bless you mightly with His Presence through this time and days...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Dan and Sharon (Rud) Smith,

“Bev and Family, Our deepest condolences. Your Family and Bob have always had a special place in our family. We send you all our prayers at this...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Dean & Deanna Hermes

“My sympathy to Bob's family. I was fortunate to have him as a teacher and he was a favorite one. He made history much more fun and interesting and he...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Linda (Hexom) Harris

“My sympathy to your family. Your father was my history teacher at WHS and like so many others have written, he was a special man. Our paths have...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Nancy Hoffelt

“Sonya, Bob, Gary, and Mark - I knew your father well while he was on the 3rd floor of the Baptist Home and visited him when I could after I moved...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Deb Lawson Pascua

“Gary, So sorry for your loss. He sounds like a terrific man and father. God Bless. ”
7 of 36 | Posted by: Kevin Anderson, Tulsa

“To the Peterson Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I had last saw Bob and Bev a year ago when we stopped...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Dave and Janice Arnson

“My love goes out to all of you. Sonya - you have been a dear friend for 49 years and I have so many memories of your Dad. What a wonderful husband,...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Dianne Ostby

“I will always remember Bob for his sense of humor. His quick wit always brought a smile. My prayers and deepest sympathy to Bev and the family. ...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Rosemarie (Hermes) Kuntz

“I remember seeing Bob ringing the salvation army bell in bismarck many years ago. that was just who Bob was helping anyone he cud. if gods spirit can...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Jim Scott

“I have fond memories of winter sledding parties with the Peterson's on the farm south of Watford City. Telmar and Emily always held Bob in the...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: John Eric Rolfstad

“Bob was the guy that I worked for in my first ever real job (1978). He was also one of the kindest men I have ever met. Bob was more of a friend than...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Warren Honkola

“Peterson Family:Please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of Bob. I have great memories of Bob dating back to kindergarten with Gary. I am...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Curt Lindvig

“My sympathies to your entire family. As next door neighbors to Bob and Bev in Williston 1957-1963 we saw their commitment to family life. In my...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Char Grant

“Coach Bob certainly impacted many lives. His strong character and big heart will forever remain with many of his former students. Bob was my HS...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Ted Hopgood

“I was a 1960 graduate of Williston High School, & have always remembered him as being my favorite teacher. If he had favorites, he never let it...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Marvy J. Dittmer

“Bob was a very kind and loving man. I had the privilege of being one of his caregivers at the Baptist Home and always enjoyed visiting with him and...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Erin Wetzel

“My sympathy goes out to all of Bobs family. Bob spoke at my Eagle Boy Scout banquet and was very inspiring and such a nice guy. Gary and Cindy, my...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Steve Sanford

“My memories of my Uncle Bob are filled with joy and laughter. His presence always elightened the room. His smile was ever-present and his jokes...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Carsten Peterson

“My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family of "coach Bob". As a member of the Williston High School class of '62, that is how I have always...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Sandra Jahn Kohlman

“My prayers and sympathy to Bob's family. I had the honor of having Bob as a teacher. He was a bright light at Williston High School. Always kind...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Dianna Bassett

“My sympathies to the Peterson family. Wrap your arms around each other and remember the joys of his life. God bless. ”
23 of 36 | Posted by: Gayle Sandvik Arnson

“With the God's Child Project's third world efforts in Guatemala ... I had the opportunity to visit with Bob & Bev many times & it was always...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Mike Walsh

“Bob Peterson was proof that nice guys don't finish last. He was one of the nicest guys I've ever met, and he was a winner in every way -- as a coach,...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Rob Lein

“Bob was one of the most kind and generous men I have had the opportunity to know. I enjoyed connecting with him through politics, Rotary, GodsChild,...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Sister Kathleen Atkinson

“Bob was an outstanding North Dakota public servant. As a former employee of Bob's, I will always admire his leadership and genuine persona. He will...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Stan Zimmerman

“I am so sad to hear about Bob. I had only met him a few times when I worked at McKenzie County Bank in Watford City and I always enjoyed visiting...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Kandas Wold - Bismarck, ND

“Bob wanted the best for his staff and the citizens of the state. When he understood why change was needed, he dared to take the risks necessary to...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Mike Schwindt

“Dear Sonya, I have so many fond memories of Bev and Bob during our Rotary years. And later they provided a bright spot in Bob's and my day with...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Elaine Olson

“Bob was a wonderful boss and person. I remember him consistently saying “just tell it the way it is.” That...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Ron Tolstad Jr.

“Bob has left very large footprints in the hearts and minds of of all who knew him. God bless Bob's memory. ”
32 of 36 | Posted by: Ken Will

“Bob was a special person. He cared for others throughout his life. I am thankful that I met this unique man. He will be missed, but never...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Ed Nagel

“Bob was a wonderful, caring, and generous man. I feel very fortunate to have known Bob and worked for him for over ten years. He will always have a...Read More »
34 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Jochim

“Bob was a special man who always tried to see the best in people. He was a great boss and friend. Always set a great example for those around him....Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Gordy Smith

“Bob was a great man who will be sincerely missed. ”
36 of 36 | Posted by: John T. Korsmo


Robert W. "Bob" Peterson, 84, of Bismarck, passed away peacefully after a courageous and valiant battle with cancer on April 17, 2013. A chapel service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Baptist Home Chapel in Bismarck with Chaplain Clyde Zimbelman officiating and funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1004 E. Highland Acres Road, Bismarck, ND, with Rev. Donna Dohrmann and Rev. Carmen Peterson officiating. Burial will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the ND State Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Sunday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. Bob was born on January 18, 1929, in Williston, ND, to Carsten and Clara (Solfest) Peterson. He was the oldest of four boys born into the Peterson family. Bob graduated from Williston High School in 1947 where he was an outstanding athlete. After high school, he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he continued to excel at sports. While at Concordia, he met Beverly Henning and they were married on September 9, 1950, in Fargo, ND. He graduated from Concordia in 1951 with a degree in education. Upon graduation, Bob was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1951 – 1953 during the Korean War. Bob began his teaching and coaching career in Alamo, ND, in 1953. From there he taught and coached in Harvey, ND, and eventually settled in Williston in 1957. He continued his education and earned a master of business degree from the University of North Dakota. In 1963, Bob coached the Williston High School boys' basketball team to a state championship. Among the several notable players was Phil Jackson. He continued his career as the manager of Harmon Park Clinic in Williston from 1963 – 1972. It was during this time that he became active in politics and was first elected to the North Dakota State Legislature in 1966. Bob served as a state representative from District 1 until 1972 when he was first elected as the North Dakota State Auditor. Bob served as the State Auditor from 1972 until his retirement in 1996. He was well-known and respected by the people and was elected and re-elected six terms serving the State of North Dakota for 24 years. Bob became the District Governor for Rotary District 5580 in 1997 – 1998. Through Rotary, he and his wife, Bev, had the opportunity to travel and meet many interesting people who became good friends. Bob was a Rotarian for 50 years and believed in giving back to the community and serving others. As District Governor, Bob was instrumental in getting several Rotary Clubs in North Dakota to help support building projects for The God's Child in Guatemala. He was involved with the Boy Scouts in a variety of roles and was honored with the Silver Beaver Award and the Silver Antelope Award, both regional and council level distinguished awards for his hard work and dedication to Scouting. From Concordia College, he was bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award. Bob's involvement in the church was also an important part of his life. His strong Christian faith and his compassion for others were attributes that carried him throughout his life. For all the accolades and awards that Bob received, his greatest accomplishment was his family. He was a deeply devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a man of great integrity who touched many lives with his wisdom and encouragement. Bob enjoyed traveling with Bev, spending time with family at Pelican Lake, MN, and at their farm south of Watford City, ND, and listening to "good music" – Big Band and jazz. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Beverly, Bismarck; his children, Robert R. (Kathy) Peterson, Bismarck, Dr. Gary (Cindy) Peterson, Tucson, AZ, Sonya (Ron) Czerepak, North St. Paul, MN, and Mark Peterson, Burnsville, MN; his grandchildren, Christopher, Annaliese, Brynn, Daniel, and Madeline; his brothers, Rev. Carmen (Virginia) Peterson, Woodville, WI, and Gerald (Beth) Peterson, Rapid City, SD; his sister-in-law, Nancy Henning, Ft. Collins, CO; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Donna Peterson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Leona Henning; brother-in-law, Victor Henning; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Loralee and Dorwin Hansen; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marie and Roy Miller. Memorials preferred to Lutheran Church of the Cross in Bismarck, ND, or the American Cancer Society. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at the Baptist Home for their care and friendship during Bob's residence. A favorite saying of Bob's, indicative of his life…A bell is not a bell until you ring it. A song is not a song until you sing it. The love in your heart was not meant there to stay, love is not love until you give it away. (Oscar Hammerstein)

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