Rodney Donald Peterson, 88, of Birchwood, Wis., died Friday, May 6, 2011, in Rice Lake Convalescent Center.

He was born June 6, 1922, in Sandstone, to Walfred and Ellen (Moll) Peterson. He was married in Cloquet Sept. 24, 1949, to Mary Adeline Lindquist.

Rodney served two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was also recalled to active duty during the Korean War. Rodney started as a lineman with NW Bell Telephone Co. and worked for 36 years in the Duluth, Cloquet and Grand Rapids area, retiring as a contract supervisor in 1983. He was the founder and president of USS Half Moon Reunions held throughout the country and was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and V.F.W. Post 2204 of Rice Lake, Wis.

He enjoyed spending time at the cabin on Lake Minnewawa near McGregor. He loved to fish, play cribbage and was known for his handyman and fudge making skills. He enjoyed traveling, and with Mary, had seen nearly all 50 states.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Wendell; and a sister Florence Miller.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Mary, of Birchwood; daughter Barbara (Edward) Rabehl of Birchwood; son Robert Peterson of Springbrook; a sister, Evelyn Konrath, of Sandstone; and several nieces and nephews.

SERVICE: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, with interment to follow at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner. Full Military Rites accorded by the Rice Lake Veterans Honor Guard and the State Honors Team.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated. Skinner Funeral Home of Rice Lake is serving the family.