Harold Peterman

August 28, 1926 - May 3, 2017
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Harold Lloyd Peterman, 90, of Brightwood went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 following a brief illness.

He was born on August 28, 1926 the oldest son of nine children to the late John & Ada Peterman in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

He graduated from Sherrodsville High School in 1944. In 1947 he …

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Harold Lloyd Peterman, 90, of Brightwood went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 following a brief illness.

He was born on August 28, 1926 the oldest son of nine children to the late John & Ada Peterman in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

He graduated from Sherrodsville High School in 1944. In 1947 he was elected as the mayor of Leesville at the age of 21, which made him the youngest mayor elected in the United States. On August 8, 1953 he married the love of his life Betty Meese, whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage with before her passing in 2011. Together they raised five children.

Harold was a founding member of the Schoenbrunn Moravian Church. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events, often times you could see him sitting in the outfield in his blue truck. Aside from spending time with his large family Harold enjoyed riding his scooter around the neighborhood and chatting with all of his neighbors. He was an avid story teller and enjoyed sharing these stories with anyone who would listen. He worked at Timken Roller Bearing Plant in Canton for 34 years until he retired in 1985.

Together Harold and Betty raised and loved their five children; Dale (Deb) Peterman, Sharon (Mitch) Belknap, Joyce (Eric) Fondriest, Sally (Jerry) Wigfield, and Linda (Mike) Slater. His family also includes the apples of his eye, his grandchildren; Steph (John) Heavilin, Chad (Heather) Peterman, Angie (Justin) Lavery, Justin (Mayen) Fondriest, Erika (Brian) Casher, Staci (Drew) Dunn, Cody Tingler, Zach Slater, Cole Tingler, Kylee Tingler, Kyle Fondriest, Kayla Slater, Joshua (Keely) Wigfield, Jessica (Travis) Pfeffer, Joanna (Mike) Gendreau, and Justin Wigfield. Great grandchildren include Travis Heavilin, Tristan Peterman, Davin Peterman, Haylee Heavilin, Hunter Peterman, Titan Peterman, Valicia Peterman, Annabelle Casher, Caroline Casher, Jericho Fondriest, Maverick Peterman, Emmett Dunn, Claire Hepworth, Jamison Lavery, Evelyn and Gleason Pfeffer, Wyatt and Garrett Wigfield.

Harold is also survived by his siblings Norma Sprague, Bob Peterman, Paul Peterman, Shirley Sprague, Doran Peterman, Kenny Peterman, Marlene Lashley, and sister-in-law Donna (Fred) Swaldo. Numerous nieces and nephews complete the family.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents John and Ada Peterman, his loving wife Betty Peterman, his sister Betty Crites, his grandson Ryan Peterman, and his granddaughter Heidi Peterman.

A celebration of life will occur at a later date with close family and friends. Cremation care has been conducted by Geib’s Tuscarawas Valley Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice’s Truman Hospice House, 716 Commercial Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Born: August 28, 1926
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Dave and Ruthie Meese posted on 5/11/17

To all of the Peterman Family: So sorry to hear of Harold's passing. We'll miss seeing him sitting on his scooter out by the road in Brightwood and viewing his comments on Facebook. Our prayers and sympathy to you all at this time and in the days to come. At least you can take comfort in knowing he is now with his Lord and with Betty for eternity. God Bless.


Carol Amistadi posted on 5/8/17

Dale & Family Please accept my deepest sympathies. Harold was a great guy. I loved all his stories. I still remember the sound of the stapler, I mean the beating on the stapler when he was working at the office helping us with a purchasing system. I often kept a couple papers back toward the end just to hear him say - those are the ones I been looking for, he'd grin and go back to work. We all looked forward to him coming into work for a couple hours a week. I'm sure he will be greatly missed, but now he is back together with Betty and they are both looking thru the clouds at the great family they have. Carol Amistadi


Donna Fanti-Green posted on 5/8/17

My deepest sympathies to your family during this time of loss. May His Grace comfort and keep you . Many prayers and blessings , Donna Fanti-Green & Family


Tari Cross posted on 5/7/17

His quick wit and strong opinions ,will be missed by many. Together Betty and Harold , left a legacy, many will never achieve. Their Children; grandchildren and all others, will carry on that legacy, helping others and being an example of "Family" Rest in Peace Harld. Job well done. My heart is weeping fofr his family Jack and Tari Cross


Toni Hillyer posted on 5/7/17

Peterman Family, You have our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With much sadness. Brian,Toni, Heather, Pamela,Jennifer,Christine and families.


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KurtFondriest posted on 5/7/17

Dear Joyce and family, So sorry for your loss. May you know that your Dad is at peace with divine spirit. Much love Kurt and Dave


Kathy Yaeger posted on 5/7/17

I know he will be missed by everyone who ever met him. Love and prayers to all the family.


Linda Bennington posted on 5/7/17

Rest in Peace , Harold ! I enjoyed visiting with You when I came with Millie to deliver ' goodies ' . We all had good conversations ...


Arleen McWilliams Transou posted on 5/7/17

Joyce and family, so very sorry for your loss, your Dad was such a nice guy, he said Hi to me at every softball game my Mom and I played with or against your Mom, simply good people, he will definitely be missed, be peaceful knowing your parents are together once more, they'll watch over all of you, we include all of you in our prayers


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 5/7/17

Thinking of the family at this difficult time. Remembering all the ball games and how he enjoyed them.


Lynn C Reichman posted on 5/7/17

So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the family. From the Reichman family.