Eugene E. Peterson

Eugene E. Peterson

Eugene E. Peterson

Eugene E. “Peaches” Peterson, age 73, of Big Flats, Wisconsin passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022, at his home.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Debbi Segina will officiate. Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home. Interment will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2022, at the Mt. Repose Cemetery in Friendship, Wisconsin.

Eugene was born September 20, 1948, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to Robert and Cynthia (Quimby) Peterson. He graduated from Adams-Friendship High School in 1966 where he was a state qualifier in wrestling at 138 pounds. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1966 as a wheel and track mechanic and was honorably discharged in 1974 as a Sergeant. Eugene enjoyed building and driving his stockcar #71, playing and singing country music, fixing anything with an engine, excavating & hauling gravel with his back hoe and dump trucks. He was the proud owner of a Big Flats fire truck. Eugene especially loved spending time with his family. Eugene retired in 2008 from Domtar where he drove semi-truck over the road and worked in shipping for 40 years.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, one son (Eugene Edward II), and three brothers (Robert, Kenneth and Raymond) and daughter in law Kimberly (Olson)).

Survivors include his son Choppy, daughter Sheila Smedbron (Robin), grandchildren Colton (Heather), Alex (Tayler) and Great Grandson Decker; his partner of 27 years Virginia Olson and her children Darin (Candace) Kester & Monty Olson, grandchildren Matthew and Cody and Great Grandson Landon. Eugene is also survived by five siblings Marilyn (Ed), Donald (Nyla), Carl (Sandy), Walter (Debbie) and Patsy (Joe); and former wife Sharon Nehring.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Gordon and Mary Lee Klaus says:

    Choppy and all the family…..Sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Just remember the good times and all the good memories. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers are being said for the family. Mary Lee and Gordon Klaus.

  2. Tammy Robertson says:

    So sorry to hear that Gene has passed, he was truly a good guy & the one of the great legends of Big Flats in my memories…..Santa claus on a snowmobile sleigh was one of my favorites. XOXOXO to all his family, I know he will be missed & remembered dearly by all his family & friends.

  3. Sandra - Nehring- Peterson- Nys says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and love to all

  4. Kevin Trickle says:

    I am very sorry for all of your loss and send my sympathy.


    sending my sympathy to the entire Peterson family. eugene was a very good friend, he was a very friendly guy anytime day or night. I went to listen to his music lots of times. it was always a great time . r.i.p gene

  6. Al Paulson says:

    Drank a few with Peaches, a few too many.

  7. Harold Mc Lellan jr says:

    Choppy, Shelia and Virginia so sorry for your loss. You are in are thoughts and prayers. Love to all Harry and Sherry

  8. Crystal Felch says:

    Sorry just heard the sad news Sympathy extended to the family 😞 Crystal Felch an family

  9. Coreen Stratton Fa.ily says:

    Our hearts go out to the Peterson family And Virginia.Eugene was a real nice person,knew him and his parent’s many years,all great people.prayers are with you

  10. Faye says:

    Sheila & Family,
    So sorry for the loss of your dad.
    John, Faye & mom

  11. Jamie Henriksen says:

    Such a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all this time

  12. Paul Tasch says:

    I remember Gene pic ‘n his guitar at Cats Bar in 1996. He mentioned he liked brandy. I remember a blast of a happy time. Here’s to U Gene…wherever U r. Paul Tasch. My dad’s name was “Chicken Charly.”

  13. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of you!!!!! So sorry for your loss!!!

  14. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    I just heard from my friend Rose so sorry to have heard I know i attended many of his parties years ado. Country western fans lost a great man and artist,

  15. John and Nicky Hunt says:

    In our thoughts and prayers

  16. jeffrey rhinehart says:

    sorry for your familys loss

  17. James Bohn says:

    I met Peaches at dances and listen to him sing many times. He was a good man and had alot of music in his heart. He will be missed by many.

  18. Karen Falk Sprowls says:

    Sorry to hear about my classmate. I remember him from our 8th grade class at Vineland as well as through A-F High School. My thoughts are with the family.

  19. Richard Moss (Dick) says:

    So very sorry to hear of Eugene’s passing. Many memories from the wrestling days in high school. He was a great teammate.

  20. Jon and Tina Williams says:

    Sorry for your loss, our condolences to the Peterson famiy.

  21. Roberta Nelson McFarlane says:

    Sorry for your loss

  22. Kurt & Katie Wagner says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Peterson family!

  23. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I send our condolences and prayers to all who knew and loved Eugene.

  24. Lori Mills says:

    So sorry for your loss

  25. Scott Weight and Debbie Strupp says:

    My sincere condolences to the whole family. The loss of Gene leaves a hole in a lot of hearts, he was like a brother to me and a son and best friend to my parents.

    Prays for the family,
    Scott and Debbie

  26. Patricia Raught says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Eugene he was always ready to sing a tune for us at our bar. Pat, Rick, and Joshua Raught

  27. Mary LaFever says:

    So very sorry for the families loss! He seemed like such a sweet man ! Unfortunately I didn’t get to know him very well. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

  28. gary A matuszewski says:

    Im very sorry for the families loss . I got to talk to Eugene at a jam in Friendship In the winter . He used to be my dads neighbor when my dad owned a mobile home in Big Flats . It was used as our families getaway . I just read an article about him working at Friendship campers and I discussed it with him. My dad played with me for a summer at the Sherwood lodge and at the jams and he always ask me how dad was doing. I enjoyed him alot.

  29. Doug and Cheryl Jacoby says:

    Our condolences and deepest sympathy to all the family for your loss. Peaches was a special friend, having worked at the mill with him for many years. RIP buddy….til we all meet again one day….Sincerely, Doug and Cheryl Jacoby (Ma & Pa J)….🙏🙏💗💗

  30. Laurel Falash says:

    A good ol’ down to earth country gentleman. So sorry for the family and all who loved him. He will be missed by many

  31. Joseph & AnnMarie Myren says:

    Gene will be missed by many. He had a kind heart and was a good soul and “That’s a True Story.”

  32. Joanne & Dave says:

    To Virginia and both of your families: We are so sorry for and saddened by Peaches passing. We will never forget this kind, big-hearted man of many talents and his love for country music. So honored to have spent time with him the night before. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. May fond memories help you through this difficult time. RIP Joanne & Dave

  33. Penny Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  34. Renne and Joe Pinson says:

    So sorry for your families loss. Eugene was a great guy that helped a lot of people. Prayers for you all.

  35. jeri says:

    To the Peterson family..I am so sorry for your, thoughts,and prayers to all.

  36. Darlene Johnson says:

    To the Eugene Peterson family and friends. My deepest sympathy in your lose, he will be missed by many.

  37. Janis Clark says:

    To all of Eugene’s Family
    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all. Sheila, big hug to you! Take one day at a time!!!

  38. Chuck & Paula Green says:

    Sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family!

  39. Allen & Lisa Renner says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Sheila, Choppy, Virginia and the rest of his family. We feel so blessed to have seen him the weekend before.

  40. Dennis Allen says:

    To all the Peterson family, so sorry to here of Eugene’s passing. He was just a good guy, wrestled with him in high school, he taught me much. He will be missed by many. RIP.

  41. Jim & Denise Straka says:

    So sorry for your loss

  42. Donna & Dan DeFosse Sr. says:

    So sorry for All the Peterson Family at the loss of an amazing person with such a kind heart. Dan & Donn DeFosse

  43. Gary Henningsen says:

    Sheila and Choppy very sorry for your loss

  44. Don and Karen Rathke says:

    Peaches will be sorely missed. We considered him our friend. Our Deepest sympathy to the family.
    Prayers, Don and Karen Hartwig Rathke

  45. Alan and Tammy Babcock says:

    My condolences to Choppy and family. Truly a great man always a smile on his face!

  46. June & Doug Schneider says:

    To Eugene and Virginia’s family we are so sorry for your loss. Eugene was a great guy & hard worker he will be missed by everyone. Sending love and hugs, Thank God for all the beautiful memories.

  47. Scott and Kathy Colburn says:

    Choppy, Virginia, Sheila, and family my sincere condolences on your loss of Eugene. We were on the wrestling team together, in addition to other school activities. You all are in our prayers during this trying time. God will help you through this difficult time. Always remember the good times and all the good that’s he did in life.

  48. Cindy Babcock says:

    My condolences to the family, such a great guy. He always had a song to sing to you. Hugs

  49. Hans & Dorothy Menck says:

    To all the Peterson Family- We are so sorry for your loss. Hans & Dorothy

  50. Dale Casperson says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Dale and Joy Casperson

  51. Jan Steeno says:

    We are so saddened by Eugene’s passing, our condolences to the family, Eugene was Blessed with a talent for music that we enjoyed many times, He will never be forgotten and we will miss him greatly.
    MaryAnn Anderson and Jan Steeno

  52. Terry Hanson says:

    I am truly heart broken and sorry for your loss. Gene was a longtime family friend and I’ll always remember him, his kindness and love for music. Sending love and prayers to you all. If you need anything please reach out. 🙏

  53. Dennis Bubla says:

    Texas-sized condolences to the Peterson family. May God grant the family peace in their time of this enormous loss. Dennis Bubla in San Antonio, TX

  54. G. Barnes says:

    Sorry too hear of Eugene,s passing, He was a Good. Mechanic, and a Good Guy, May you Rest in Peace, G. Barnes

  55. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    You will be greatly missed. I loved it when you came to Family Affair to eat and I got to wait on you.,and the family. Rest in peace.

  56. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry on your family’s loss. May God family friends comfort you during this time

  57. Larry and Evie Johnston says:

    To all of Eugenes’ Family, We are so sorry, for yor loss. Eugene, was “one of a kind (a good thing). Please know, that we are thinking of all, at this time.

  58. Julie Goers says:

    So incredibly sorry for your loss. Such an amazing man who led a full, vibrant life. A truly kind soul. Hugs and love.

  59. Shawna Gruber says:

    So sorry for your loss.. sending prayers

  60. Michael T. Clark says:

    So sorry for your families loss……

  61. Fred Renner says:

    So very sorry to the whole Peterson family. Eugene was one of the good ones, always smiling and would go out of his way to say hi. You all have my families deepest sympathy…. Fred, Debbie, Hunter, and Ryan

  62. Judy Alderman says:

    So very sorry for your family’s loss

  63. Tammy Abbott says:

    Virginia, Sheila, Choppy, & family, Eugene was a great guy! There was always fun when he was around. He will be truly missed by everyone. You are all in my prayers. It is hard losing a loved one. Always remember the good times & treasure them. They will help you thru this difficult time. I will miss him, in a way he was like a second dad to me. I know he watched out for me. He is an angel looking out for all of us now.

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