Michael Leroy Peterson
May 22, 1933 :: Beulah, North Dakota
December 18, 2018 :: Louisville, Colorado
Michael Leroy Peterson, Sr. died December 18, 2018. He was born May 22, 1933, in Beulah North Dakota and grew up in nearby Hensler until the family moved to Greeley in 1943 where he was known as Roy or Leroy. He graduated at the top of his class with straight A’s at Greeley Central High School in 1951 and received the prestigious Miller Foundation Scholarship. He graduated from Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering where he was known as Pete. In college, he met Charlotte. They were married in 1957 and were together until her death in December 2015. She always called him Pete.
Leroy always worked, starting out delivering newspapers and working on farms in North Dakota and near Greeley through college. He started his professional life as a Maintenance Officer (1’st Lt.) in the Air Force followed by a short stint at Allis Chalmers. He returned to Colorado and spent 33 years working for Colorado Central Power, later merged into Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) and now part of Excel Energy where he was known as Mike. At PSCo he started in Denver, moved to Cheyenne and then Leadville and back to Denver and Pueblo. During the nearly a decade he spent in Leadville’s Mountain Division he was promoted from Engineering Manager to eventually become Superintendent of the Mountain Division. Mike was part of the team that oversaw tremendous growth in the number of and type of customers and the reliability of power in the Mountain Division.
During his life, he was always involved in fraternal, service and community organizations. Starting as an ATO at Colorado A&M, he went on to be involved in Jaycees in Cheyenne, Elks in Leadville and Kiwanis in a number of cities. Mike was active in the Episcopal Church for many years including St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Cheyenne; St. George’s Church, Leadville, where he was warden from 1971–78; and Ascension, Pueblo as well as a number of other Episcopal churches in the Denver area. During his retirement, he and Charlotte were active in Stephen Ministry, both as Stephen Ministers and trainers. He continued to keep track of friends from every stage of his life from Greeley High onward. His older friends and his family were always evident since they would call him Roy, Leroy, or Pete.
In retirement, Charlotte and Mike lived in Aurora as well as Hemet California. They later moved to Heather Gardens where Mike was on the building board. After Charlotte’s death, he moved to Balfour Cherrywood Village in Louisville where he was still known as Mike, made a good friend, and enjoyed excellent support from the staff. He is survived by his brother Richard of Greeley, three children, Scot, Mick and Mary Frances, and four grandchildren, John, Margaret, Cheyenne, and Alec. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements for a memorial service will be made later.