Thomas L. Peterson, 84


Thomas Leo Peterson, 84, of Glenarm, died on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at 3:10 p.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation was held Friday, Nov. 18, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham. A Funeral Mass followed at the church with the Rev. Joseph M. Molloy officiating. Burial was held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield with military honors conducted by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the Department of Defense. Cremation rites were accorded. Butler Funeral Home in Springfield assisted the family.

Mr. Peterson was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Springfield, to Russell and Mary Kathryn (Fleming) Peterson. He married Mary Kathryn Conrad on Nov. 30, 1963, in Columbia, and she survives.

He graduated from Cathedral Boys High School in 1955. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, from 1957 to 1959. He later earned his bachelor’s degree from SIU-Carbondale.

Mr. Peterson was employed as a systems analyst with Franklin Life Insurance for 32 years.

He was a previous member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and most recently a member of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and mowing the grass on his riding lawn mower. He was also very handy around the house. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini fan.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Peterson is survived by his daughters, Christine (Ken) McCafferty of Joliet and Diane (Chris) Bates of Mason, OH; son, Matthew (Julie) Peterson of Ashland; grandchildren, Maggie, Sheila, Bridget, Sean, Liam and Hope; siblings, Bob (Carrie) Peterson and Mary Bea Sarti, both of Springfield, and Kay (Glenn) Merriman of Hillsboro; and sister-in-law, Joan Peterson of Conroe, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Ann Reiter; brother, Charles R. Peterson; and brother-in-law, Armand Sarti.

Memorials may be directed to St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 700 E. Spruce St., Chatham, IL 62629 or Camp Ondessonk, 3760 Ondessonk Rd., Ozark, IL 62972. Online condolences to the family may be left at