- Published: January 19, 2012
Robert J. “Bob” Peterson died Jan. 10. He was 79.
Bob was born in Cedarville to Marion and M. Lucille (Hubbard) Peterson. He served in the army for two years and worked for the Village of Yellow Springs. He retired from the Yellow Springs school system after 14 years as a bus driver. He played baseball, basketball, track, softball and bowling and boxed.
The loves of Bob’s life were horses. He and his older brother began to ride horses at the ages of 8 and 10. They broke wild mustangs that were shipped in box cars to Cedarville from the west. He and his younger brother cleared the area known as the Riding Centre in Yellow Springs. They taught youth and adults how to ride horses. After new management took over the operations of the Riding Centre, Bob went into business for himself, breeding, training and driving standard-bred horses. He was listed in the USTA as owner, trainer, breeder and driver. In the earlier ‘80s, he met Becky Brumfield and they started B and B Carriage Service. He was the driver.
Bob leaves to mourn his passing his wife Ruth Peterson, and friendly former wives Shirley Turner of Springfield and Mary Peterson of Yellow Springs. Bob is also survived by two daughters, D’Vita (Jack) Franklin of Trenton, N.J. and Robin Walker of Springfield, by two sons, Marshall (Julie) Peterson of Springfield, and Tyron (Amy) Peterson of Yellow Springs, by stepchildren Gary(Stacy) Guisinger of Vienna, W.V., Mark and Matthew Miner of Columbus and Melinda Miner of Springfield, by two brothers, Russell Peterson of Cedarville and J. Michael (Betty)Peterson of Yellow Springs, by four sisters, Frances Allen of Dayton, Doris Banks of Jamestown, Ruth (John) Coleman of Dayton and Evelyn Schooler of Columbus, by grandchildren Cory (Sandra) Peterson of Dayton, Larry (Sheron) Peterson II and Teko Peterson of Springfield, D’Vonte Peterson of Salsbury, N.C., Quesah Tillman of Fayetteville, N.C., Malinda Peterson, Decatur, Ga., Kiah Dabney of Conyers, Ga., Jayona Franklin of Trenton, N.J., Toya (Brian) Knick of Xenia, Kristen Peterson of Trotwood, Ethan and Emily Guisinger of Vienna, W.V., Doria Godsey and Buckanan of Springfield and Joselyn Miner of Columbus. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren and a great number of nieces and nephews across the country. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Erwin Peterson, two sisters, Mary Ellen Nelson and Jannett Crosswhite, and his favorite uncle, Bobby Peterson.
There will be two life celebrations for Bob, the first being held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2–8 p.m. in the YSHS gym, where food, stories and pictures will be shared. The second celebration will be held July 21 at the farm located at South East Hyde Road for his ashes and to share food, stories and pictures.