Richard “Rick” Peterson, 60

Rick passed away February 12th at home with his family around him. Rick was born April 10th 1958 in Cottonwood to Orville “Pete” Peterson and Donna (Daugherty) Peterson. He attended grade school in Kooskia and graduated from CVHS in 1976. After high school he enrolled in the Vocational Technology program at LCSC where he earned his welding certificate.

He married Kim Schlegel July 4th, 1981 in Kamiah. They lived in Kamiah for 6 years before moving to Grangeville. They have two sons Ryan born in 1984, and Wade born in 1990.

After completing the welding program Rick went to work at the Hanford nuclear site. After a short time away from family he moved back to Central Idaho to work in the timber industry. He ran skidder and loader but his passion was for falling timber. In 1989 he and his Father started Gem Chain Bar. He continued to work in the woods full-time along with nights and weekends at the new business until 1991 when he was able to work at their business full-time. In 2005 they moved the business to Grangeville and in 2007 he and Kim started a second business, Aqua Jet.

Rick was a member of the Board of Directors for NIMA (Northern Intermountain Manufacturing Association). He also served terms as President of the Grangeville Sno-drifters snowmobile club and was on the Board of Directors for the Backcountry Sled Patriots, a group aimed at maintaining snowmobile access to our public lands. Rick was heavily involved in youth baseball, coaching from 1993-2006. Over this time he coached Little League, Babe Ruth, and Senior Babe Ruth. Players on his teams won several league titles in Babe Ruth and one State Championship in Senior Babe Ruth. Along with coaching he volunteered as President of Central Idaho Babe Ruth for many years.

Rick was an avid Grangeville Bulldogs fan, who didn’t miss a single football or baseball game for either of his sons. He was heavily involved in the Grangeville Booster Club, helping cut, split, and deliver many loads of firewood among other things.

The outdoors are were Rick went to relax and recharge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and jet boating. He loved spending time on the Snake River and could be found at their cabin or in Hells Canyon any time of the year. Many hours were enjoyed sitting on the deck of the cabin watching jet boats playing in Wild Goose Rapids.

Rick is preceded in death by his father Pete Peterson, sister JoLynn Jones.

Surviving family members include his mother Donna, wife Kim, son Ryan and wife Christa, son Wade and wife Megan, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Grangeville Christian Church. In lieu of flowers or donations to the family we ask that you give to the donation account which has been set up at Umpqua bank. All donations will be split evenly between the American Brain Tumor Association and The Backcountry Sled Patriots. Send condolences to the family to

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  • Betsy Harding Walker says:

    Deepest Sympathies, I always considered Rick a good friend from the good ole school days. Was grateful to do business with him later in life. He will be missed.

  • Pam Wohlsein says:

    Kim, Donna and Family: Deepest Sympathies for your loss.

  • Bob and Mary Mangold says:

    Our hearts are saddened by the loss of this wonderfully talented, family man and entrepreneurial spirit. Bob and I send our most loving thoughts and sympathies to Kim and family members of Rick Peterson. Though he was granted angel wings far too early, his memory will live on and his good deeds and leadership in our community will never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear sir.

  • Jim and Sandee Wolfinger says:

    Kim, so sorry to hear of your loss. We are lifting you and your family up in prayer and sending big hugs to you all from long distance.

  • Marjorie Johnson says:

    To Kim and all family, my sincerest thoughts in the early departing of Rick. He will surley be missed and remembered with warm and happy thoughts of good times, especially those with both of you on the river in the summer of 2018. Love, Aunt Marjie

  • Clarence Chapman says:

    Dear Kim and family:
    I was saddened to learn of Rick’s illness and resultant untimely death. I am glad I knew him and shared a few moments of friendship with him. He always had a few minutes for me to discuss our joint neighbor issues and he had good ideas when we discussed the Ida-Lew Technical School. He will be missed by the community that he served well.
    Clare Chapman (past Syringa Hospital Foundation Director)

  • Dan Schultz (Danny) says:

    Ms Donna and family I am sorry to hear the news that Rick died! I was the same age and a good friend of JoLynn’s growing up and was around enough to know Rick a little although he was a lot older than us. Your family was special! Ms Donna, Kim, Ryan, Wade and family, I will pray that you find peace through this difficult time. I know words by themselves can’t help to ease the loss you bear but knowing that others are praying for you and keeping you in their thoughts may help a little. Turn to God for strength and comfort. Hold onto the happy memories ! Based on the obituary there was a lot of happy and a lot of blessing for which to be thankful. My sincere sympathies!

  • Raymond and Molly Stowers says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, and praying you can hold onto good memories during these tough times.

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