LAKE CITY - M.E. "Pete" Peterson was born on October 2, 1928. He was the son of Ralph Lambert Peterson and Plummie Ruth (Peterson) Peterson. Pete attended grade school and high school in Red Oak, Iowa. He loved to play the trumpet and was active in band, orchestra and vocal groups. He also was a member of Civilian Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Pete attended college at Augustana College and transferred to the University of Iowa, where he played in the Hawkeye Marching Band. He was the owner of Peterson Appliance in Red Oak, Iowa before moving to Lake City.