Charles Arvid Peterson Jr., known affectionately to his friends and family as “Chuck,” took his leave from us on November 1, 2023. Born on August 25, 1959, in Rapid City, SD, Charles lived a life that was as vibrant and full of character as he was. He brought joy and laughter to every room he entered, and he will be remembered for his kindness, his resilience, and his unwavering love for his family. Charles once said, “The measure of a man is not in the wealth he amasses, but in the richness of the relationships he cultivates.” It is by this measure that Charles truly shone.
Charles’ journey took him from his birthplace in Rapid City to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and ultimately to Amarillo, Texas, where he made his home. His trade as a roofer in the construction business gave him a deep appreciation for hard work and craftsmanship. Yet, it was his role as a father, grandfather, uncle, and brother that truly defined him. Charles loved his grandchildren, Evarlea, Aleah, and Valentine III, who affectionately called him “grumps.” His relationship with them was filled with laughter, shared stories, and life lessons. Charles was like a father to his many nieces and nephews, who often said he was a guiding figure in their lives. He was a beacon of strength, wisdom, and love in his family.
Charles is survived by his loving daughter, Heather Serata, and his son-in-law, Valentine Serata. His sisters, Sandra Cooper and Lajuana Hudson, and brother-in-law, Rick Hudson, also mourn his loss. His legacy will live on in his beloved nieces and nephews, Dennis Walker, Eddie Walker, Michael Peterson, Will Collier, Cassandra Cooper, Misti O’Brien, and in the hearts of all who knew him. Charles was preceded in death by his father, Charles Sr., his mother, Hildegard Broll, and his brother, Alfons Peterson.
Charles Peterson’s life is a testament to the words of Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” His legacy is not only in the roofs he built but, in the lives, he touched and the love he gave. We invite you to remember Charles, to celebrate his life, and to share your memories and photos on his memorial page. Be they filled with laughter, tears, or quiet reflection; your remembrances will help keep his spirit alive for all who loved him.