Winston Emil Peterson, 93, of Manhattan, Kansas, formerly of Monument, Kansas, and Troy, Ohio, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in Manhattan, Kansas.

Winston, baptized child of God, was born on November 26, 1923, in Logan County, Kansas, to Arthur and Helen (Gustafson) Peterson. Winston married A. Marie (Theimer) Peterson on August 15, 1948, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Page City, Kansas. All five of their children were baptized in the same church. After moving to Manhattan, Kansas, Winston and Marie became members of Peace Lutheran Church.

Winston graduated from Page City High School, attended Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. After the war, he returned home and married Marie. They worked together to build their family farm. Winston and Marie retired to Troy, Ohio, to be closer to grandchildren and later moved to Manhattan, Kansas.

Besides a long and successful career as a farmer, Winston was an active member of the church council at Bethesda Lutheran. Also, Winston was a member of the Kansas Wheat Commission and a Logan County Commissioner.

As a longtime member of the Democratic Party, Winston worked to help those who do not have the opportunities that many citizens take for granted. He was especially grateful to serve on the board of directors for the Developmental Services for Northwest Kansas and as the chairperson from 1986 to 1987.

Winston will be remembered for his love, optimism and humor. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and his children, David Peterson (Ingrid), Kathy Swenson (Daniel), Kristine Polansky (Adrian), Timothy Peterson (Rebekah) and Julie Peterson (Brad Adams). Winston and Marie were also blessed with eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th at Peace Lutheran Church, 2500 Kimball Ave, Manhattan, KS, 66502. Interment will be at Bethesda Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials are suggested for Bethesda Lutheran Church, Peace Lutheran Church, Lutheran World Relief, Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas (DSNWK) or the Kansas Democratic Party. Memorials can be sent to Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502.