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Gregory Robert Peterson
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Greg Peterson Technology Scholarship Fund.

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“My deepest condolances to you all. ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Trevor Chapman

“We are sorry for your loss Michael Schenk and family. ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: Michael Schenk - Acworth, GA

“I was lucky to know Greg. He had so much to say, but he didn't let you know it. He seemed so obviously fulfilled; the love he had for his wife and...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Benjamin Kurth - Columbia, MD

“Dear Mary-Grace, Cara & Rae, We are so sorry for your loss and we want you to know we are thinking and praying for you. Greg was a kind,...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Margaret R. Abe-Carley, Kaetlyn Carley, and Alex Ferkovich - MI

“My oldest brother, my friend, my cheerleader, my confident, my quiet calm in the storm, my dear brother, Greg. I have been blessed to have you in my...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: B. J. Dille - Antioch, IL

“Dear Mary Grace, Cara, Rae, Aunt Nicolina and Family, We were saddened to hear of Greg's passing. We remember him as a gentle person who greeted us...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Dominick, Cindi, Dominick Jr. and Tony - NY

“Dear Mary Grace, Cara and Rae: There are no words that can express how very sorry we have been to hear about your loss; this tragic turn of events. ...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Katsuyo Abe, Karen and Joe Hamel - PA

“Dear Mary Grace, Cara & Rae, I did not know your husband and father, Greg, but I do know I would have loved to have known him, as I just finished...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Elaina Salerno - Traverse City, MI

“Dear Mary Grace, Cara, and Rae:Greg will me missed by all. From some of the postings here he had wonderful friends as well as à beautiful wife,...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Sherla and Cody Carpenter - IL

“I am so very sorry for your loss. Such a shock to all the family. Gordon, you and all the family are in my prayers. Please know I will be thinking...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Donna Matthews - Pearland, TX

“You have our deepest sympathies and prayers in the loss of your husband and father. Your entire Mooney family is praying for you. God bless each of...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Mark, Bridget, Kaitlyn and Daniel Bobick - MI

“Mary Grace, Cara, Rae and Aunt Nicolina, There are no words to truly express our condolences with the passing of Greg. Greg was such a wonderful...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Carmella and Tara Cappuccilli-Baker - GA

“My heart goes out to Greg's two beautiful daughters, Rae and Cara, his amazing wife and many siblings. Try to take comfort in knowing that you each...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Beaumont - Madison Heights, MI

“My sincerest condolences regarding Greg's passing. He taught us so much with his extensive automotive experience and insight. Always patient and a...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Mike Stern - NY

“Dear Mary Grace, Kara, Rae, and the entire Peterson Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of deep sorrow. Forever in our...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: The Vorderbrueggen Family - MI

“To Greg's family,What a tragedy to hear of Greg's passing. A true automotive professional and someone who could turn thoughts, ideas and concepts...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Terry Fulton Melbourne, Australia

“Sorry for your loss. Greg worked closely with me when I worked at Kia motors in California. We had many great conversations over lunch about various...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Neil Barbalato

“I can't beleive at notice that I've read in my mail today morning. Greg was one of most beatiful person that I've know. Please acept my deepest...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Maurizio - Italy

“The news was devastating in the loss of my cousin Greg. I can only imagine the heartbreak that Mary Grace, Cara and Rae feel, along with the...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Jeff Brownfield - Champaign, IL

“It has been several years since I worked with Greg on a project at our company. I remember him as a calm and intelligent man who worked in a fair...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Amy

“Dear Greg's family, I am deeply shocked to hear of the sudden death of my frind an teacher Greg. I am so sorry for your loss. I convey to you my...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Juan Rodriguez Pinete México


Greg Peterson, 65, passed away unexpectedly on July 26, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Mary Grace, his two daughters, Cara and Rae, his siblings, Jody Kuhn, James (Katie) Peterson, B.J. (Bruce) Dille, Luanne Kurth, Gordon (Vicki) Peterson Carol (Rex) Ciavola, Toni (Mark) Stanfield, Ennio (Lisa) Petrella, Sofia (Mark) Carey, his mother-in-law Nicolina Petrella and many nieces and nephews. Greg was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Ruth (nee James) Peterson and his father-in-law Fausto Petrella.

Greg was born on April 12, 1949 in Pontiac, Michigan. He was the second of seven children born to Ken and Ruth Peterson. He grew up and attended schools in the Pontiac area. At the age of 14, Greg started working on motorcycles, and at 17 was one of the highest ranked salesman at Anderson Honda.

He was a true dare devil, and he sought for thrills every chance he had. He was a "water boy" at heart, and he could always be found on a lake. He loved water-skiing, parachuting, kite boarding, wind surfing, sailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and every other sport imaginable that was associated with water.

With a passion for engineering, he attended and graduated from the University of Illinois with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering. He returned to Michigan, and began employment at GM Truck and Bus Group, first in the sales area, then into the Information Technology department. He was known for his technical expertise and exceptional computer system designs, many which are still being used today. He left GM after 15 years, and worked at Volkswagen of America before starting his own Computer Consulting Company. Greg found a niche market in the automotive industry, and created multiple software products that are being used by American, Japanese, Korean and German manufacturers globally. Greg is respected in the business world for his technical expertise, business acumen, and intelligence. He was a man of principle, integrity, kindness and respect for his colleagues, friends and clients.

He married his beautiful wife, Mary Grace Petrella, on December 15, 1984 at Kirk in the Hills. In his marriage, he was an ideal husband, a true partner, completely devoted to his wife and new Italian family.

Greg was the proud father of Cara (18) and Rae (16). In his role as a father, he taught his daughters to think analytically and logically by exposing them to the history of the world through global travel. He knew that history could not be taught best in a textbook, but that knowledge should be sought through experience, because the world is the greatest classroom. At every opportunity, he took his family on a new adventure around the world, from Europe to Asia.

He was a walking encyclopedia, with answers to any question. He would never forget to ask whether you wanted the "short" version or the long version. Through every lecture, he gave new perspective on life, history, politics and current national issues. His daughters never had to look far for their own private Google search engine.

He embodied gentleness, patience, but, most of all, forgiveness and acceptance. He kept his geeky sense of humor till the very end by joking with Canadian border patrol, when asked if we had illegal weapons or alcohol, he responded, "M&Ms are the worst we got."

He was a true inspiration to his family, his friends, and his colleagues. He impacted the lives of everyone that he met, and is one of the greatest people that left this world better than he found it. Greg was an amazing man, remarkable father, thoughtful brother, generous son and supportive uncle, he will be genuinely and immensely be missed.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Greg Peterson Technology Scholarship, which will sponsor a college student in the pursuit of a degree in computer technology and innovation.