Floyd Birger Peterson


Lifetime Salmon Arm

resident and orchardist,

Floyd Birger Peterson,

passed away in his sleep during the early morning hours Wednesday, September 13, 2006. Floyd was born in Salmon Arm July 22, 1921 to Salmon Arm pioneers Edand Mina Peterson. He and his four brothers formed Peterson Bros.(Salmon Arm) Ltd. in 1948. The company became very well known for their high quality fruit and tractor sales and repair shop.

For many years they were the largest fruit growers in the area with over 150 acres in apples and other fruit. The company was also dealers for John Deere tractors, Homelite chain saws and Briggs &

Stratton motors. Floyd worked in the orchards until his retirement in 1994, but still kept his hand in the business with the peach and apricot trees behind his house. Floyd was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Mina Peterson, brothers

Hubert, Elmer and Hjalmar, sister Violet, his wife

of 29 years Betty, eldest daughter Ellen Porteous and infant grandson Michael Newnes. He is

survived by his wife Barbara; daughters Irene Lamond, Janet (John) Hanna and Norma (Bill) Harisch; son-in-law Ric Porteous (Debbie); brother Alf (Edna) Peterson; sister Margaret Wren, all of Salmon Arm; sister Ingrid (Jim) Landers of Albany, Oregon; step-daughter Lynda (Wayne) Gibson of Princeton and step-son Richard McDairmid of

Victoria; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. A service of Celebration and Memorial was held at

Bowers Funeral Chapel, Monday, September 18 at 2 pm with Jack Bowers officiating. In Memoriam gifts can be sent to The Shuswap Community Foundation, Box 624, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N7. Please indicate: The Peterson Family Fund in the memo. The fund was established by Floyd and Barb in 2004 to provide ongoing support for the activities of R.J. Haney Heritage Park in Salmon Arm. Condolences to the family may be sent to sympathy@bowersfuneralservice.com Arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm.

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