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Glenn Viggo Peterson, 86 - December 15, 2014

Glenn Viggo Peterson, 86, resident of Colorado Springs, CO, since 1962, originally of Gothenburg, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, after a brief but valiant battle with leukemia.
Memorial services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Dec. 20.
Peterson was born Oct. 16, 1928, at Gothenburg to Peter and Nellie Young Peterson.
He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from Kearney State College and a master’s degree in education from Colorado State College.
On June 4, 1948, he married Dorothy Bernice Pollat at Cozad. She later preceded him in death in 2010.
Peterson married Hebriena C. Oosthoek of Colorado Springs on Nov. 9, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.
He was a caring and charismatic man who was loved and cherished by all he knew, according to family members. As a teacher and coach for Kearney Public Schools in Nebraska and Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs for more than five decades, he remained true to his calling and passion in life.
“Coach Pete” as he was so fondly called, was happiest when working with young people, the family said. His greatest joy came from watching generations of students compete and graduate. His diligence and care inspired them to go forward and to follow their dreams.
?Peterson’s other passion was working and improving his farmland in Nebraska. He spent countless hours with his Nebraska relatives, strategizing creative ways to increase the farm’s earning potential. No idea was too crazy to consider, the family said. He will be remembered for his friendly spirit, kindness, wide smile and for never meeting a stranger.
Survivors include: his wife, Ena; his children—Constance (Wayne) Yeoman, Kent (Sherida) Peterson and Sandra Cramer; grandchildren—Matthew (Kate) Peterson and Melissa (Randy) Nelson; great-grandchildren—Skylar and Tanner; sisters—Arlene Bates and LaVonne Peterson, both of Gothenburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Gentiva Hospice of Colorado Springs.