Robert Peterson



"Pete" "Bob"


12/13/25 - 6/2/2015

Retired Nicolet Art Teacher
Father of Chris '73

Tuesday June 2, 2015. Age 89. Long-time resident of Glendale. Beloved husband for 66 years of the late Mary “Issie” (nee Grimm). Dear father of Judith (Clare) Zempel, David Peterson, Christopher (Kelly) Peterson and Patricia (David) Tollberg. Further survived by multiple grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Visitation Saturday July 18 from 10:00AM until 11:30AM followed by a Memorial Service at 12:00 Noon at United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay,

819 E. Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay. In lieu of flowers memorials to the charity of your choice that would benefit the arts, education, nature or the Door County Maritime Museum.


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06/11/15 11:11 AM #1    

James Wollmer

Mr. Peterson gave me the greatest gift of all, the ability to express my creativity. The art classes I took back then gave me a lifelong interest in oil painting, sketching and using those skills in my engineering career. Being an artist, even an average one, is a skill most people undervalue in their daily lives, especially these days. To be able to draw something to describe a thought, define an idea or express a vision provides anyone with the added tool of communication. Mr. Peterson gave me the ability to develop that skill with his the quiet and patient way he taught. I'll be forever grateful to him. I still have all my artwork I created in his classes hanging in my house. Mr. Peterson, rest in peace and his family should know he know that not only taught successfully but changed the course of many lives by encouraging developing young artists to hone their skills and use them to fulfill their life in so many ways.

06/14/15 02:18 PM #2    

Dean Chapman

Chris, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad.   He has crossed my mind through the decades but not just for his influence as an art teacher (I continued Fine Arts at UWM).  I recall his keen wit, astute critiques, the classical music he played in class and hearing him in the church choir all those years.  I'm sure most of us agree we loved his class and admired him. 

03/28/16 12:56 PM #3    

Chris Peterson


Thanks for those great comments and your memories! It means a lot to hear from peers how he had such a positive influence!

Thanks guys

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