Roger D. Peterson, D.D.S.
February 1, 1936 – June 8,2022
VISITATION: Thursday, June 16th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, June 17th at 10am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Entombment with Military Honors: Friday, June 17th at Resurrection Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Let’s Win Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association, or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
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Embracing and Living Life to the Fullest – Dr. Roger Dean Peterson
Dr. Roger Dean Peterson, a retired family dentist and resident of Omaha, NE, died on June 8, 2022, at the age of 86. As he was making his transition to the spiritual life, he was lovingly surrounded by his family, sharing stories, singing songs, and expressing their affection for a man they called father, grandfather, great grandfather or husband.
Roger is survived by his wife, Carolyn (née Gutschenritter); his children, Michelle Craig (Paul), Jackie Grant (Scott), Roger Dean (Amber), Patti Luetticke (Gary), and Eddie (Jenna); and his brother Gerald Peterson (Melania). He is predeceased by his mother (Merle Peterson) and father (Fred Peterson).
Roger was born on February 1, 1936, to Fred and Merle Peterson. He graduated from Creighton University where he earned his undergraduate degree and then successfully earned his DDS degree from The University of Tennessee Dental School in 1965. He practiced dentistry for over 40 years in Omaha and quickly established a presence in his community as a dentist with both expertise and a knack for putting his patients at ease. On February 7, 1959, he married Carolyn Jean Gutschenritter, a nursing student. And since that day in 1959, they were the “perfect couple”. Carolyn claims that they never fought! A match made in heaven, as they say!
Roger was a man who lived life to the fullest. And those who knew Roger were immediately taken by his warmth, sense of humor, zest for life, and his abundance of charm. First and foremost, Roger was not only a loving husband to Carolyn with over 63 years of marriage, but he was an incredible father of 5 children, grandfather of 12, and great grandfather of 3, all who looked up to him every step of the way. He lived and loved by example. Most importantly, Roger was a man of very strong faith in God. He would demonstrate this faith by attending church daily, sing in the church choir with Carolyn, and would often play the piano for the different masses, when needed. Beyond these great characteristics, Roger was an immensely talented musician, having played the piano his entire life. Most recently, his musical skills would attract a crowd of admirers at their Lakeside Village Community when he would play for his “fans” every night after dinner. Over the years, Roger accumulated a very diverse assortment of interests and hobbies, ranging from his appreciation of fine wine, the arts, he became a certified train engineer at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, and graduated from Clown School to entertain many of his younger dental patients, just to name a few.
Roger will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.