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Ronald A. "Pete" Peterson (1928-1957)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, September 19, 1957

Headline: Friends Mourn Driver's Death, 1957

    White Pass truck driver Ronald (Pete) Peterson, 30, was killed last Friday when the truck he was driving rolled over at Mile 2.6 on the Mayo Highway. He was travelling north in a tractor to pick up a line freight van at Carmacks when the accident occurred about 3:30 in the afternoon.

    His many friends, particularly in the trucking fraternity, will miss the well-known driver whose funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church here.

    Mr. Peterson came to the Yukon in 1942 during the construction period on the Alaska Highway. At that time he was employed by Bond Construction, having come north with his father, now deceased, and two brothers. Later he went into the trucking business for himself and had two trucks on the road at the time of taking employment with White Pass.

    Driving on the highway for 14 years, Mr. Peterson was known along its length by most of its regular travellers and drivers. At his funeral Tuesday every trucking man who was able to come and many other friends were present. Relatives were unable to attend due to distance and shortness of time.

    Surviving are his widow Marie; two sisters, Florence and Viola in Minnesota and two brothers, Ray and Harold in Ontario.

    W. J. Morris was in charge of funeral arrangements.