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Allen R. Peterson

Allen R. Peterson

October 7, 2020

Allen R. Peterson, 74, of Eau Claire, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at his home with his wife & daughter at his side.

He was born March 23, 1946, in Mondovi, WI, the son of Milton and Loretta (Garson) Peterson.  Allen was raised on the family farm outside of Eleva, WI, until he graduated and attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.  He later met Phyllis Lucas and married her on August 14, 1971, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Trempealeau. Together, they raised their daughter Melissa.

Allen worked as a house painter for a great part of his life working in Eau Claire area.  In his later years, he sold Christmas trees in the area.  Allen retired from painting in 2008 and enjoyed life with his family.  He loved all sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, where he could recite stats from years past.  Allen was also an avid deer hunter.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, Phyllis, he is also survived by his daughter, Melissa (John) Wendtland of Eau Claire; a sister, Janet (Richard) Farmer of Daly City, CA; sisters-in-law, Diana (Barry) Delaney of Hayward, WI, Sheila (Russell) Porterfield of McKinleyville, CA; and Cathy (Ron) Gilberg of Trempealeau, WI; nieces, Jennifer (Alan) Murphy, Samantha (Tim) Leighty, Gretchen Price, and Michelle Peterson; nephews, Christopher (Keli) Nelson, and Marty Price. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Reggie.

A service will be held in the summer of 2021. 

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family.  


Will be held in the summer of 2021

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  • Jim and Sheri Coldwell We are so sorry for your loss Melissa and family. You all are in our prayers. We did not know Allen but he sounds like a wonderful man and we are sure he will be missed.

    October 13 at 7:29am

  • Jeff Geroux To the Peterson family: I am so sorry for your loss. Allen was a great man. I only knew him for a short while but seemed like Ive known him all my life. I enjoyed taking care of him 2 times a week while Phyllis ran errands. Allen and I had alot in common especially watching westerns on TV. He will be surely missed. Love and prayers to all of you.

    Jeff J. Geroux
    Caregiver, Visiting Angels
    Eau Claire.

    October 12 at 1:06pm

  • Leda R Welke Melissa and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. It was obvious from Melissa that he fought to the end. I am sure you were so proud of him for that. As I said to Melissa, he raised a wonderful daughter who helps people every day through her work.

    October 12 at 11:51am

  • Jim and Linda Elbert Dear Phyllis and family, We are sad to hear of Allen’s passing. Jim and I enjoyed our visits together. Al was a fun loving man. It was always great to see you guys every week. Please feel free to email me at any time. Jim and LindaElbert. We send our friends Love at this hard time.

    October 12 at 8:29AM

  • Mike Berg Condolences to the family. We (the Berg family) were neighbors and friends of the Peterson family as we lived just across the hill to the east of Milton and Loretta and of course Loretta was a cousin of my mothers on the Garson side. I had a long and enjoyable conversation with Allen at Reggies visitation.

    October 9 at 7:09PM

  • Jodi Johnson-Meyers Al will be missed by all who had the good fortune to have met him. He touched so many lives. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Al is "jovial". He seemed to always have a smile ready to crop up through his whiskers. My heart goes out to Phyllis, Missy and everyone else in his family. He will always be "Mr. Peterson" to me, and I am proud to have known him through my friendship with Missy all these years. Sending love.

    October 9 at 10:59AM

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