Howard Peterson

Howard Earl Peterson

December 2, 1923 - May 15, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Howard Earl Peterson, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been submitted for approval. There may be a delay before posting.

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Howard Earl Peterson

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Howard Earl Peterson's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Howard Earl Peterson's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


Howard was born December 2, 1923, in Murdo, SD, to Alphus “Mike” and Fern (Thomas) Peterson. He attended school one year in Murdo, and then the family moved to Okaton.
In 1933, the family moved to Whitewood where he grew up and attended school. There, he worked for the Whitewood Sawmill, the sale barns, and was always helping out other farms and ranches. He also worked for Whitewood Post and Pole for many years, and drove a propane truck for a while. Howard joined the US Navy during WWII, serving as a motor machinist’s mate, second class, from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Howard enjoyed fishing and camping, playing horseshoes, and threw a mean game of bean bag toss. He was very active with the Days of ‘76 parade and rodeo. Really, Howard loved anything to do with a horse, and took every chance he got to teach kids how to rope. One of Howard’s most beloved pastimes was music. If he wasn’t playing his harmonica with his friends, he was dancing a jig with whomever would dance with him. He loved to get all gussied up and shake a leg! He had a playful personality, and was a big jokester, playing with and teasing everyone in his path. His favorite thing to do was wet his finger and stick it in your ear! Howard loved his time spent attending the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood, but truly the finest part of any day for him, was shooting the breeze with the boys down at the Diner.
He spent time in a couple of assisted living places before ending up at a nursing home in Belle Fourche. He then fell several times and spent his last days at the VA Hospital, where he chose to go play and tease those there with him.
Howard Earl Peterson, 96, of Belle Fourche, died Friday, May 15, 2020, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
He is survived by his sisters, Deloris Baker and Sharon Swesey; grandson, Todd Griffin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Fern Peterson; brothers, Wesley Peterson, Junior “Red” Peterson, Merlyn Peterson, and Duane Peterson; sister, Audrey Perry; daughter, Sheila Griffin; and son, Jerry Peterson.
Private family services will be held with interment following at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Howard Earl Peterson, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Howard Earl Peterson

Service Details

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Howard Earl Peterson.

Memorial Program

We have provided a digital copy (PDF) of the Memorial Program that we supply at the time of the service. To Download this file please click the filename below. Howard Earl Peterson - Memorial Program


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Howard Earl Peterson here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Howard Earl Peterson
0 trees have been planted in memory of Howard Earl Peterson

Michael Anthony Anderson

Posted at 05:13pm
Sorry to have read of his passing! Was a very fine gentlemen and was always very respectful of anyone who helped him along the way. Now he is at home and serving the 'supreme commander'.

Richard Schaffan

Posted at 10:26pm
Like many others, I grew up in Whitewood with this good, good man. He was a pillar of our community. He taught kids true western horsemanship. I enjoyed, with my siblings being in the saddle club with him. Our Play Days were always great. When others were a little stand-offing with a teenager, Howard would treat you like a young man or woman. He was never pretentious. I am so happy I got to visit with him for awhile while we were waiting for an appointment at the Fort about a month ago. We also always had a ball at The Days and the Whitewood dance hall. I will miss you old friend. I’d love to see what horse you gallop through those pearly gates on. God Speed, have a good rest, you’ve earned it.

Kerry Greear

Posted at 06:31pm
Howard had a big influence on my life as a kid and as an adult. He taught me about horses and lent his horses to me. When I was an adult and borrowed his best horse, he knew I loved him and sold him to me. He helped me start my endurance horse and always gave me good advice. He teased me and was so very fun to be around. I liked playing cards and bean bags with Howard. Although competitive, he made the games fun. I loved watching him jump on a horse with no effort and twirl a rope. He was a very good friend to my parents and Mike's parents as well as us. We are going to make a bench to honor Howard and I hope we will be able to install it at Oak Park.

Susan Humphrey

Posted at 03:41am
Howard was a wonderful man. I grew up in Whitewood. He was a very good friend of my dads, and he allowed us to keep our horses on his place. He let us use his arena, as well as provided it for Playdays, Ropings, Horse Shows, and 4-H Events. Whitewood was a much better place due to Howard. My childhood was much richer because of him. I could always count on him to help me with any problem I had. Many times I needed help and called on him, and he never said no. He was my friend. I loved him.
~Susan Humphrey

John/Judy Coffield and families

Posted at 02:41pm
Have so many good memories of Howard. Taking turns pulling tricks on each other. I put a crank on the front of
his pickup one time and tied a Pinata to the end of his pickup, peanut buttered his door handles and he would
return the favor by "fixing " up my car for me. John and I took him for a 3 hour drive for his 91st birthday down around
Rochford, Mystic, Reynolds Prairie etc. He loved that. He always made us laugh and feel special. He picked on our kids
also. He will be so missed, absolutely loved that man. Keep in line in Heaven Howard. :)

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: