On Oct. 23, 2022, Wayne Peterson, son of Eva Rae and Gordon Peterson of Culbertson, died at his home in Butte at age 87.
An educator throughout his life, he earned his degrees at Minot State in North Dakota and the University of Montana. He began his career as a school teacher and basketball coach in Portal, N.D., where he took his team to the state championships.
Then, after teaching in Oregon and Colorado, he returned to Montana, where he eventually retired as a superintendent of schools in Alberton.
Settling in Butte later in life, he explored his interest in giving back to others through coaching wheelchair tennis and working with adult literacy projects. He was also a proud patron of education for students in developing countries.
His side passions for photography and travel took him around the world, enjoying decades of international experiences. From Munich to Moscow, Toledo to Thailand, he pursued his deep interest in other cultures and the celebration of our shared humanity.
He is survived by two sons, a grandson and brothers, Allen and Gene.
A private family celebration of his life will occur at a later date.