RIVERSIDE, Ill. - Douglas Peterson, 83, died June 21, 2012.
He was born to the late Signe and Arlington Peterson in Copper City and grew up in Atlantic Mine.
Douglas married his high school sweetheart, Fern Aho, and had two children, Mary Portis and Jon Peterson.
Douglas graduated from Jeffers High School, served in the U.S. Navy with honors and graduated from Northern Michigan University with degrees in accounting and education. He worked as a guidance counselor and coach at Morton East High School in Cicero, Ill. until his retirement in 1989.
From his earliest days, Douglas was an athlete with hockey and baseball being his favorite sports. In the U.P., Douglas played hockey for the Michigan Technological University Huskies, Portage Lake Pioneers, Escanaba Hawks and Marquette Sentinels. He was on the fabled Gibson Cup-winning teams for three years for three different teams.
After moving to the Chicago area, Douglas was a player/coach for the Chicago Cardinals until he was 36, and coach in the years after. At the high school level, he coached swimming, football and baseball. His proudest moment was winning the Illinois State Baseball Championship in 1970 and being named Illinois Coach of the Year.
Douglas was a wonderful husband and father, an inspirational coach, a passionate athlete and a dedicated educator.
A graveside service will be held July 26 at 11 a.m. in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range. A reception will follow at the family home in Atlantic Mine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support youth hockey and the historical hockey archives at the Dee Stadium in Houghton. Checks can be made out to City of Houghton, (Dee Stadium) P.O. Box 606, Houghton, MI 49931.