NORTHBROOK, IL (April 24, 2018) – Retired Covenant missionary Robert Peterson, who served in Congo for nearly 40 years, died Sunday. He was 92.
Bob was born on December 21, 1925, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Junior College, a bachelor of arts from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; and graduated from North Park Theological Seminary.
He married Ruth Ann Peterson on December 28, 1948. She preceded him in death.
The couple served in Congo (then Zaire) from 1952 to 1990. Bob served as teacher and principal in Gbado and the Ubangi Academy. While at the academy, he was a beloved dorm parent to several hundred children of missionaries. He taught music to many of them. He also taught Bible in surrounding villages.
Survivors include two daughters, Linnea Stifler and Ann Peterson Thomson; two sons, Daniel Peterson and Richard Peterson; and eight grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Covenant Village of Northbrook.