Thomas Peterson

Thomas Randall "Tom" Peterson

Saturday, May 18th, 1935 - Saturday, May 25th, 2019
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Thomas Randall “Tom” Peterson, 84, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away May 25, 2019. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St, Independence, MO 64055. Funeral services will be 11 am Friday, May 31, 2019, at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, 3539 SW 7 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO 64014. Burial will take place at Mound Grove Cemetery, 118 N. River Blvd., Independence, MO 64050. Tom was born May 18, 1935 to Arlie and Ina (Freeman) Peterson in Fargo, ND. While attending Graceland College, Tom met the love of his life, Nelda Mae Ebeling. They were married on April 7, 1956. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Central Missouri State College in 1958. Tom was drafted into the Army shortly thereafter and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany for 2 years where their first child was born. After returning from Germany, they had two daughters while living in Independence, MO. Tom enjoyed a 35-year Human Resources Management career in Industry and Health Care and worked for Baxter Travenol Laboratories and St. Anthony’s Hospital in Hays, KS, and Independence Regional Hospital and The Groves Retirement Center in Independence, MO. He served on numerous community boards and committees including Hope House, Sunshine Center, Herald House Board of Publications and City of Independence Human Resources Committee, along with numerous local and state professional organizations. He was also a senior member of the Independence Kiwanis Club. Tom has been a life-long member of the Community of Christ. He was a priesthood member for 68 years and took on the role of Pastor for 25 of those years for several congregations in Western Kansas and Independence, MO. Tom and his wife enjoyed camping, boating, spending time with family and friends and being servants of the Lord. He loved and deeply cared for his family and friends. Tom is survived by his daughter Danelle (Peterson) Harris and husband, Scott, of Arnold, MO; daughter Dana (Peterson) Speigle and husband, Dan, of Oak Grove, MO; brother, Michael Peterson and wife, Judy, of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Sarah (Speigle) Williams and husband, Austin; Richard Speigle and Vincent Harris; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Arlie and Ina Peterson; wife, Nelda (Ebeling) Peterson; son, Douglas Peterson; and brother, Curtis Peterson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Groves Endowment Fund, 1515 W. White Oak, Independence, MO 64050.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
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  • Service

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 11:00am
    Colonial Hills Community of Christ
    3539 SW 7 Hwy
    Blue Springs, MO 64014
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  • Interment

    Mound Grove Cemetery
    1818 North River Boulevard
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Donations are being accepted for: The Groves Endowment Memorial Fund.

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Michael Peterson

Posted at 04:43pm
From his brother Mick:
In many ways Tom was more like a parent to me and our younger brother Curt. When he left for Graceland we were still in grade-school. He was there for us on the farm when Dad had to live in town. He was there for us when we first started school and he would teach us the 'ropes.' For a few years, I was always very sick and I remember him helping Mom take care of me. Until he left for Graceland, he was there for us in thick and thin. I can remember sitting in a junior high school gym and watching him play on the basketball team. It amazed me what he could do with a ball and watching him is what inspired me to get into sports. I remember how as a teenager he was a leader in our church and us kids looked up to him because he didn't look old!!! I remember him taking us to church activities, reunions, and camps when Mom had to work and how he took care of us, taught us, and helped us. I remember how proud I was of him the day when as a teenager he was ordained. Now, sometimes he was a problem. Curt and I got the 'why can't you be more like your brother' bit many times. It's all the little things like when he came home from Graceland the first summer and he took Curt and I to an open field and taught us how to throw a boomerang. A what? Never even heard of them but it was so much fun. Once Curt and I grew up it seemed like us brothers lived thousands of miles from each other but I remember one time we did get together for a few days and a picnic stands out in my mind where Nelda and Tom, Judy and Curt, and Judy and I had a blast with all our kids. In later years I loved getting together with Tom and Curt. Joking, razzing each other, remembering (although those two could never remember it right), and just loving each other as a family. Tom had a heart problem last October so Judy and I went to Independence. Although he was sick he didn't have any trouble talking, remembering, joking, bragging about his Chiefs and so on. It was such a memorable time being with him, Dana and Dan. He and Judy would just talk and talk. He would tell her a lot of his remembrances of Fargo, Amenia, and family. Judy would step away for a minute and he would yell, "Where's Judy, I want to talk?" Judy holds those few days so close to her heart and mind. Curt, Tom, and I were not every day close or even every week or so close, but what we had brings joy to Judy and I. Joy in our minds, tears in our hearts, but always a love that goes beyond defining. It's been said that when born you are crying and those around you smile and if you live a productive, fulfilling and giving life you'll smile when you pass and those around you cry. You've done that Tom. Rest with your Lord, big brother. Rest with your other loved ones. And, save a place close to you for Judy and I.

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