OBITUARY

Thomas John Peterson

November 10, 1942April 18, 2021

Thomas John Peterson was born on November 10, 1942 and was the first of 5 children to Byron and Catherine Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin. Tom spent his childhood and young adult years there until 1966, when he moved to Euless, Texas to pursue an employment opportunity. He found a job working as a salesman for Curtis 1000, a position he kept for 25 years before having to medically retire in 1981. Though retired, he continued to find ways to keep himself busy, including working for the Texas Star Golf Course. Tom participated in many Christian ministries over the years at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills. Also being a firm believer in civic duty, he attended the North Richland Hills Citizens Police Academy, was a member of the Citizens Police Review Board, and was an instrumental part in establishing the first ever neighborhood watch group in the state of Texas. More importantly, Tom was a loving, caring, and kind-hearted man to everyone he met. You could say Tom did not know a stranger and he always greeted everyone with a warm, cordial smile. He was sincerely interested in listening to each person he encountered, a legacy he passed on to his sons; Brian, Scott, and Kevin, whom he shared with his first wife, Mona Peterson. Tom always stayed in contact with each of them, sharing his fatherly wisdom and his continued support in all their endeavors. He remained happily settled in the H.E.B. area with his second wife, Susie, for more than 15 years. Tom is survived by his wife, Susie, his sons, Brian Peterson, Scott (Corrie) Peterson, and Kevin (Shanna) Peterson. His stepson, Victor Castle III, and a stepdaughter, Maria (Terry) Cramer. His grandchildren, Zachary Shoff, Daniel Peterson, Kynleigh Peterson, and Brendon Smith, along with step-grandchildren Matthew Reddy, Jackson Savage, and Dalton and Ryan Castle. His siblings, Jim (Jane) Peterson of Tucson, AZ, Jane (Ron) Hitzelberger, Mary (Jim) Nielsen, both of Racine, WI and one niece Katelyn (Glenn) Smith of Cudahy, WI. He is preceded in death by his parents Byron and Catherine Peterson and his brother Jon Peterson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Colleyville, TX on May 6, 2021 at 12:00 noon, it also will be live streamed through the Good Shepherd Catholic Community website. Internment will be at Bear Creek Cemetery followed by a celebration of Tom’s life at the Texas Star Conference Center in Euless, where all his family and friends are welcome. Donations can be sent to Tom’s favorite charity, The Humane Society of North Texas, 1840 E. Lancaster St., Fort Worth, TX 76103. Lastly, a special thank you to the most compassionate and professional staff in the Neuro ICU at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, TX.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Interment

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Sally Hysmith

May 19, 2021

The times spent with Mona & Tom were the best memories I have. Oh, the fun we used to have! Tom & I used to walk together 3 nights a week, on average, and we both got in pretty good shape. I guess I should do that again! HA! Tom used to be my "going to the movies" and Movie-Marathon buddy. He was my "baby"sitter when I was home ill with Epstein-Barr Virus and too weak to get myself to the bathroom or couch. He saved my life twice by getting me to the hospital after being stung by an insect. I taught him how to use a computer. We 2 couples raised our kids together and were a support system for each other. Our friendship bond was strengthened by working together, me & Tom, Tom & Mona, with Super Soul at St. John's Catholic Church. We were also eucharistic ministers together and my Tom was a Lector. Playing volleyball in the pool was a hoot! Our marriages crumbled & fell and we moved on with our lives, but the love of friendship for each other never faded. When my Tom died in 2001, he and Mona were towers of strength for me. I don't know how I would have survived without their love & support. The last time I saw him was at Kevin's House-warming. He and Suzie were able to meet my Mel, and he, them. We had a nice visit with a lot of laughter and reminiscing. The boys were all there, which made the afternoon even more fun. Little did I know this would be the last time I saw him. I will always cherish the memories of our friendship. Susie, my thoughts & prayers are with you.

Joel Adamczyk

May 17, 2021

Rest In Peace Tom. You were a fantastic God Father to me as I grew up. I will always cherish my memories with you and Mona.

Allen Williams

May 6, 2021

In 1969, when Charmaine and I arrived at St. Johns, Tom was one of the first people we met. He was always friendly and caring. He was instrumental in getting me hired at Curtis 1000. We shared many happy years working together. He will be missed. Susie, Charmaine
and I send our condolences.

Mary and Jim Nielsen

May 5, 2021

What a wonderful life you had and shared with so many. We proudly called you our "Miracle Man" as you showed everyone your strength, determination, desire for travel (thanks Susie), and meeting so many interesting people along the way... simply, your love of life.
We are so glad we had so many visits with you and family in Texas, the last in November 2019 celebrating yours and others birthdays. We also loved having you visit and stay with us in Racine. Being so close with you for most of my life, 9 years younger, will always stay with me forever! Susie... you will always be in our lives...we love and appreciate you more than you know!! Our nephews are gifts to help keep memories of Tom alive, couldn't love you more!!

Robert Propp

May 5, 2021

Tom and Mona were god parents to my daughter Vicki. We shared many times together. I always looked forward to his parents visits as they would bring Kringles from Racine and colorbooks for the kids. We went camping together and in a church discussion group together, Rest in Peace Tom and say hi to Maxine for me.

Susan McNabb(Laue)

May 1, 2021

I have so many good memories with Tom at our youth ministry activities including camp outs, & retreats. He was always there with a smile, a helping hand, & a lot of good advice. When you were around him, you couldn’t help but feel happy, & loved.

Jane and Ron Hitzelberger

April 30, 2021

Tom was a wonderful brother, loving, caring, protective, funny, and kind. When Tom moved to Texas, we missed him and his family dearly, especially his three sons. Their visits to Wisconsin were precious gifts to all of us here. Our love connections were long distance, but strong.

Tom handled his health problems courageously, and his self-care, with Susie’s help, rewarded him with longevity. We thank him for the years of love we shared, near of far, but always heartwarming.

Love, Jane and Ron

Karen O'Leary

April 30, 2021

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kristi and Mark Boyd

April 29, 2021

Susie,
We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was such a wonderful man, a great friend and an awesome neighbor. We always felt safer when Tom was patrolling the streets knowing he would stop anyone he saw to speak to them; to ask who they were, say hello and make sure they were supposed to be here. He was kind, gentle, kind, considerate and a very loving man. He will be greatly missed. We both hope that you are ok and know that we are here for you. We love you and Tom both and greatly miss seeing you everyday. We are sad to know that we will never be able to see Tom again, but are also happy that he is no longer suffering from the pain he was in over the last few years! Much love and our sincere condolences! Kristi and Mark Boyd

Michele Dragset Fox

April 28, 2021

My parents have been friends/family with Tom Peterson for as far back as I can remember. I remember sitting with them in church at St. John's and playing with Kevin on the playground as a little girl.
Tom was like an Uncle to me and as I became older, he was a dear friend, even having lunch with my son Chase when he was in grade school.
Tom lived a life that spoke volumes of a man of honor, character and the most loving and giving heart.
He will be missed but so fondly remembered always.
God speed Uncle Tom, thank you for being a bright light in my life.

FROM THE FAMILY