Raymond G. Peterson, 75, a World War II veteran, a retired probation officer and a longtime member of the Buffalo chapter of the NAACP, died last month after a long illness.
Peterson, a North Buffalo resident who worked in the Erie County Probation Office from 1961 until 1990, died in Millard Fillmore Hospital on Jan. 2, 2001. Burial was in Forest Lawn.
A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Peterson volunteered for duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II and spent most of the war serving as a chaplain's assistant in Hawaii. After the war, he earned a degree in business administration from West Virginia State College. He worked in Chicago for several years before moving to Buffalo with his family in 1953.
He worked for Bell Aircraft and the Erie County Social Services Department before becoming a county probation officer in 1961. Peterson was an active member of the Buffalo Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 35 years. He also belonged to the West Virginia State College Alumni Association and to the New York State Association of Probation Officers.
Besides his wife of 49 years, the former Sybil Lythcott, he is survived by two sons, Daryl "Bo" of Pittsburgh and Raymond of Hartford, Conn.; a daughter, Lorna; and two grandchildren.