Phillip Brooke Peterson, Sr., 85, of Springfield, died at 840 pm on Thursday, September
12, 2019 at St. John’s Hospital.
He was born on January 14, 1934, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Robert Durkin Peterson,
Sr. and Elizabeth Daly Peterson. He married Carole McCarthy on June 11, 1960 at
Phil attended Cathedral Grade School and was a graduate of Springfield High School.
He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, College of
Commerce. While at the U of I he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Phil
briefly left the U of I to proudly serve in the United States Army and returned to finish his
He was the past president of the Springfield Road Runners Club where he was inducted
into their Hall of Fame in 2009, Sangamon County Independent Agents Association, and
The Sangamo Club. Phil was a past chair of the Old Capitol Art Fair and a member of
the Springfield Art Association. He greatly enjoyed running and completed 14 marathons
including Boston, New York City, and St. Louis.
Among many notable highlights, Phil was co-chair of the group that brought the Freedom
Train to Springfield during the US Bicentennial, traveled to sister city Ashikaga, Japan with
Mayor Karen Hasara as an ambassador from Springfield coaching a local running team in
an Ekiden race, was inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame as a Friend of
Sports, and won the 14th annual Louie’s Last Regatta Solomon Juneau section in Milwaukee
benefitting the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. This inspired him to help establish
and co-chair with two others the Tin Man Regatta in Springfield benefitting St. John’s
An avid sailor, he was a member of Island Bay Yacht Club where he had been Commodore,
a member of the Springfield Sailing Foundation, the Junior Sailing Program Chair, and
held the chair position for the Race Committee for several years. Phil was also fleet
captain of the Snipe, JY15, and J/22 fleets. He was the co-recipient of the St. Petersburg
Yacht Club Trophy from US Sailing in 1979 for exceptional race management of the
Sunfish North American Championship.
Phil’s entire work career was spent with the Forsyth Insurance Agency, except for a period of
time when he was President of Doyle-Peterson, Ltd.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Robert Durkin Peterson, Jr.,
Richard Timon Peterson, Sr., and Thomas Daly Peterson.
He is survived by his wife, Carole Peterson, with whom he recently celebrated 59 years
of marriage; daughter, Nancy Peterson (husband, Charles Joseph Pell) of Springfield; son,
Brooke Peterson (wife, Amy) of Springfield; six grandchildren, Porter Brooke Peterson
(wife, Amanda) of Traverse City, Michigan, as well as Bay Evan Peterson, Marina Elizabeth
Peterson, Blair Larson Perkins, Maxon Elizabeth Perkins, and Timon Daly Pell, all of
Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In keeping with Phil’s generous nature, his body has been donated to scientific research.
The family will host a Funeral Mass on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 245 North Amos Avenue, Springfield, Illinois with Reverend Daniel J. Bergbower, celebrant.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Island Bay Yacht Club Sailing Foundation, 76
Yacht Club Road, Springfield, Illinois 62712; Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East
Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611; or St. Agnes Catholic Church.
The family of Phillip Brooke Peterson, Sr. is being served by Butler Funeral Home—
Springfield, 900 South Sixth Street., Springfield.
Springfield, IL 62702