Richard Karl Peterson

It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of Richard “Richie” Peterson, 53, who died surrounded by family and friends on September 27, 2021 at his home in Sparks, NV due to complications from a brain aneurysm. Richie was a beloved son, brother, loyal friend, proud, life-long Nevadan, and all around special guy.

Richie was born on February 6, 1968 in Reno, Nevada at Saint Mary’s Hospital to Patrice and Spencer Peterson. He was the third eldest of four siblings. He was a “Sparks” kid, attending Robert Mitchell Elementary School, Dilworth Middle School and graduating from Reed High School in 1986. He played Little League, Pop Warner and was a Golden Gloves champion. At Reed High School he was a three-sport letterman, playing football, basketball and baseball. He went on to play baseball at Hartnell College.

He is survived by his parents, Patrice and Spencer Peterson; his sister and brother-in-law, Tammie and Rich Vial; brother and sister-in-law Scott and Kim Peterson; Nephews Jayson Vial and Clayton (Shellah) and Jeremy Peterson; nieces Samantha McMullen and Danyelle Peterson; in addition to great nephews Jack and Jameson McMullen and Cohen Peterson; and great niece Alyiva McMullen.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Chris Peterson.

Richie was many things to many people. He was a devoted son and brother who always put family first. He was a fierce protector and advocate who sacrificed much in his life to take care of his loved ones. He was a talented athlete, avid sportsman, loved hunting and was a fantastic cook.

He was very reliable person at work and for his friends and family. If anyone ever needed him, no matter when or where, he would be there. He always made sure to have a good time and wanted everyone around him to have as much fun as he did. He had a great sense of humor and was quite the jokester, but he mostly enjoyed making people laugh and feel happy.

Richie was a special person who touched many people’s lives with generosity of self and the ability to make everything better. He will be forever loved and forever remembered.

A Celebration of Life for Richie will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pinocchio’s Bar & Grill in Sparks, 4820 Vista Blvd.

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