Rick passed away Feb. 12, 2019 at home with his family around him. Rick was born April 10, 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 4, 1981 in Kamiah. They lived in Kamiah for six 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 felling 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 is where 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 and 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, at 11 a.m. 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 Blackmerfuneralhome.com.