John Edgar Peterson

VERO BEACH, Fla. – John Edgar Peterson was born on Jan. 3, 1935, in Escanaba; he passed away on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at his home in Vero Beach, Fla.

John was the son of the late Edgar Gideon and Rose Loritz Peterson. He graduated from Escanaba High School and Michigan State University where he earned both a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA. During his time at Michigan State, he met his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Nelson, who survives.

John is also survived by his children, Krista Peterson Seabolt and her husband William “Chip” of Holland, Mich., and Hans Edgar Peterson and his wife, Siobhan, of Cornelius, N.C.; six grandchildren, Ben, Anna and Sarah Seabolt and Conner, Liam and Andrew Peterson; sister, Sally Hansen and her husband, John of Menominee; and brother-in-law, John Nelson, and his wife, Beverly, of Hickory, N.C.

John’s professional career began in 1959 in technical sales at Corning Inc. During his 24-year tenure at Corning, John held various leadership positions including managing director for the company’s Brazilian operations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as president of Corning Cable Systems (formerly, Siecor Corporation). In 1983 John along with colleagues founded Celwave Technologies, Inc., which was later acquired by Alcatel, Inc. At the time of his retirement in 1994, he served as chairman and CEO of Alcatel NA, Inc.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Grace Chapel at the Community Church of Vero Beach, 1901 23rd St. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County (, 1729 17th Avenue, Vero Beach, Fla. 32960.

Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at