Larry Peterson

April 1927 – November 2011

Larry B. Peterson born April 1927 of Hilmar, California passed away Wednesday. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Amy Peterson of Hilmar. He attended Hilmar Schools, graduating in 1945 from Hilmar High School. After High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served 2 years in the Phillippines. At the end of his service duties, he returned to Hilmar and started working with his father in the dairy business which he continued to do along with farming almonds until his death. He married Marilyn Hughes in 1948, his wife of 63 years. He leaves his sons, Randy (Diane), Mike (Pam) Peterson of Hilmar and a son, Marc of Oak Park, CA. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Tricia (Matt) Burnham, Tracy, Nick, Craig and Katie Peterson and 3 great grandchildren McKenna, Ava, and Travis Burnham. He also is survived by his brother Wesley (Phyllis) Peterson of Hilmar. The Family would like to thank his caregiver, Lenore Stuckey. He will also be missed by his beloved dog, Freckles.

He was a member of Hilmar Covenant Church, Turlock Golf and Country Club, Blue Diamond Almond Growers, Livingston Farmer’s Association and Hilmar Fire Department. He loved playing golf four days of the week until becoming ill. His humorous personality and larger than life presence will be missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hilmar Covenant Church 20056 American Ave. Hilmar, CA 95324 or the charity of your choice.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2011, 9:30am at North Hilmar Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held also on Monday at 11:00am at Hilmar Covenant Church.


  1. My sympathy goes out to all of you in the Peterson family! I very much enjoyed caring for Larry’s dairy cattle and all his ” Freckles “. One of the greatest rewards in life is to enjoy the character of a person like Larry. He was always cheerful, humble,and
    apprecitive. I am very much looking forward to our reuion in God’s House!

  2. I wish to express my condolences to the family.As the field representative C.D.I.I have many fond memories of Larry.A good coop.member who did his very best to produce the highest quality milk. We will miss him greatly.

  3. Some of my favorite memories of Larry revolve around playing gin, dinner, and sharing much laughter. I would often make his dinner plate and he would get a ration from others who were at Card Night. He would say that the food tasted better when I made
    the plate and delivered it to him. Larry was always kind and generous and I will miss him very much.

  4. Marilyn, Randy, Mike and Marc, I want to offer my sympathy to your family at this time and to thank you for all the wonderful memories. I find that as I pass by your homes several times a week thinking I should stop and say hi to all of you but seeming
    to never find the time and let a wave suffice as I on occasion see one of you on the road. Thanks does not come close to expressing what an impact your family has had on my life.

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