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Merlin L. Peterson, 80, of Roseville, IL passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:56 a.m. at the Great River Medical Center Burlington, IA. He was born Sunday, July 24, 1938, in Roseville, IL, the son of Glen and Maber (Hillyer) Peterson. He married Catherine DeDecker on August 6, 1975 in Phoenix, AZ.
Merlin is survived by his wife Catherine of Swan Creek, IL; Children Ariana Shea, John Peterson, Michael Shea, David Peterson, and Brian Peterson; 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren; siblings Keith Peterson, and Shirley Stolp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son (Michael) and 2 brothers (Gary and Frank).
Merlin was an avid horseman. He was a police officer in Bushnell, IL and did security work in Phoenix, AZ.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at the Wise Family Funeral Home Roseville, IL. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Point Pleasant Cemetery Roseville, IL. Memorials may be made to the Swan Creek United Methodist Church. Please sign the online guest book at www.wisefamilyfuneralhome.com. Wise family Funeral Home Roseville, IL is in charge of the arrangements.