Kenneth Edsel Peterson, 96 of Delaware entered Eternal Life early Monday morning, March 14, 2022 at his residence. Kenneth had a long history of work in American Baptist Churches both here in Ohio and across the country.

Born May 30, 1925 to his parents Ebert Russell & Jessie Hazel (Simmon) Peterson on their farm in Rock Island County, Il. Ken graduated from High School in Rock Island, Il in1943. Called to the Army Air Corp during WWII, he became a tail gunner on a B17 stationed in England flying 20 missions over Europe, and discharged in 1945.

After returning home he attended Augustana College in Rock Island, where he graduated in 1949. He married Genevieve E. Mac Neill on August 21, 1949 and they located in Rochester NY where he graduated from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1952.

Ken’s pastoral duties were with the First Baptist Church in Morris Illinois, a period of time as a staff member in the Youth Department of American Baptist Churches USA encouraging young people all over the country to develop their leadership skills in service to others, Memorial Baptist Church in Dayton Ohio, First Baptist Church Lexington, Massachusetts, and Cherry Hill Baptist Church Dearborn Heights, Michigan. 

In a different role and creative servant he became a Facility Planner for American Baptist Churches USA traveling from home in Columbus, Ohio to help congregations all over the central parts of the USA to create a new church building or to renovate a history filled old one. His history as a carpenter with skills in financial matters combined with his ability to relate to people made this a special unique ministry. After retirement Ken and Genevieve became early residents of Willow Brook Delaware Run, Delaware, Ohio in 2006. 

Loving family include son Bruce (Dorothy) Peterson and their three daughters: Kristyn (Tony) Gansen, Jill (Jason) Bigelow, Casey Peterson, daughter Martha (Stephen) Rhodes and their two sons Brian (Aleasha) Rhodes, and Robert Rhodes.

Great-grandchildren include: Sophie, Ellie, and Cole Gansen, Charlotte and Callum Bigelow, Wesley, Alayna, Elijah Rhodes. Ken’s circle of extended family and friends include people all around the world. Please keep the Peterson family in your prayers.