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Pete Peterson WY7Z

Pete Peterson WY7Z
Harry W. Petersen

Harry was born March 10, 1931 in San Francisco, CA and grew up in Oakland, CA and Portland, OR. His first job was on the summer staff of Boy Scout Camp Meriwether. He served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954 in communications assignments including radio operator in PBY and P2V aircraft. In 1953 he married Shirley, his wife of 63 years. They had three daughters; Karen, Janet, and Linda.

From 1954 to 1962 he worked in the wholesale business. He then worked as an investigator for the Office of Federal Investigations until retiring in 1989. Assignments required residence in Portland and Eugene, OR, and then to Bellevue, WA in 1972 where they lived to present in the same home. Harry was a licensed pilot since 1967 and owned a small aircraft in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a licensed amateur radio operator since 1952 with call signs WG6AEC, KAQDB and WY7Z. In the 1970s he and Shirley became interested in antique radios and developed a large collection. He was president of the Puget Sound Antique Radio Association for two years and they enjoyed its swap meets and contests.

Harry died on May 28, 2016 after several years with cancer. Harry is survived by his wife, daughters, and two granddaughters as well as his sister, Jaqueline Bennett of Minnesota. At his request, there will be no service.

Published in The Seattle Times on June 5, 2016
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