Harold C. "Pete" Peterson, 85, died Feb. 23 after a short illness, with his family at his side. He was the widower of Mary Ann (Perret) Peterson.

Prior to residing for the last five years in Longmeadow, Mass., at Glenmeadow, Mr. Peterson was a lifelong resident of Washington.

Mr. Peterson was born Sept. 12, 1927, the son of Anna (Anderson) Peterson and Harold G. Peterson.

A graduate of Washington High School, he grew up living and working alongside his parents and sisters at the Mayflower Inn.

He enlisted in the Army and served as a cook at Fort Dix.

Mr. Peterson was a master carpenter, and worked for most of his career as a lumber salesman at the Washington Supply Co.

He was a member of the Salem Covenant Church, and a former chief of the Washington Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Peterson is survived by his sisters, Virginia Gustafson, of Bethlehem; Louise Dodd, and her husband, Ed; and Norma Cummings, of Naples, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Marcia (Marggraff, Valente) Mitchell, and her husband, Brian, of Somers; a stepson, Jim Marggraff, and his wife, Mary Jo, of Lafayette, Calif.; four grandchildren, Blake Marggraff, Annie Marggraff, Megan Mitchell and Connor Mitchell; and his nephew and nieces, Fred Gustafson, and his wife, Maureen, of Amston; Virginia (Gustafson) Napolitano, and her husband, Andrew, of Bethlehem; and Elaine (Gustafson) Babiyan, and her husband, Paul, of New Milford. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Carol (Marggraff) Mitchell.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will take place April 6 at 1 p.m. at Salem Covenant Church, 96 Baldwin Hill Road, Washington. Interment will follow at the Washington Cemetery on the Green.

The Lillis Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Salem Covenant Church or to the Washington Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 294, Washington CT 06794.