Chester Theodore Peterson

Nov 27, 1916 – Jul 15, 2015

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Chester Theodore Peterson

Chester Theodore Peterson, 98, of Seattle Washington passed peacefully at his home on July 15, 2015. Beloved father to Anne Peterson Duryee (David), Calmar Theodore Peterson, John Stanley Peterson, Amanda J. Lani Schonberg (Paul) and Christopher Daniel Peterson, Sr. (Melody). His grandchildren Tracy Bech (Tyler), Tricia McCarthy (Patrick), Jon Hagen (Rebecca), Angela Schonberg, Jason Schonberg, Alexa Peterson, C.J. Christopher Peterson, Jr., Rachel King and his four great-grandchildren will miss him. Chester leaves us with the memory of his enthusiasm to explore and willingness to persevere through times of hardship. We will continue to learn from his example.

Born, in South Bend, Washington, November 27, 1916 to Norwegian immigrants Amandus and Ida, Chester was their firstborn child. Chester is preceded in death by his lifelong friend and wife, Edna Marie Getchell Peterson and their son, John Stanley. He is also preceded by his brothers Stanley and Victor and his sister Agnes.

Chester T. was a lifelong commercial fisherman who followed the fishing traditions handed down to him by his father and extended family that harkened back hundreds of years before him, in Norway. He began to fish in his teens when the tools were a strong back and listening to the sea to guide him. Through his 65 years of being on the ocean, from California to the Bering Sea, he lived to see the commercial salmon sailing boats of Bristol Bay to the modern digital fishing trawlers of today. Chester stayed involved with the fishing industry until he passed.

Memorial Services will be held 3PM, July 22, 2015 at Wiggen & Sons Funeral Home, 2003 NW 57th St., Ballard, WA and 2PM Ceremony July 23, 2015 at Fern Hill Cemetery, Aberdeen, WA.

Remembrances may be sent to

Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial Fund.


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