Peterson, Earl

Earl Peterson was born in Ladner, South Dakota USA in 1918. He was six weeks old when he came to the Peace Country with his parents.

Earl met his future wife Sheila in England when he went over with the Canadian Forces during World War II. His tank regiment was stationed in Lymington along Avenue Road. They met during Christmas of 1943 when Sheila obliged the mistletoe hanging over Earl’s head. On June 6, 1944 Earl went to France for the Normandy Invasion.

Earl and Sheila did not see each other until January 1945. Earl managed a ten day furlough and they were married. Earl returned to France and stayed until the end of the war.

In 1946 Earl arrived back in Grande Prairie, Sheila arrived in May of that year. Earl and Sheila began their life together by living with his mother in DeBolt. They had five children.

Earl passed away in 1987 and Sheila passed in 2016.

Source:  Bridges to the Past pp 329-330, Across the Smoky p 347 (name on Honour Roll)

Sheila’s obituary (Olivers Funeral Home)