PFC Jonathan N. (McCart) Peterson, age 19, died Friday (May 25, 2007) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney as a result of an automobile accident.
He was born Sept. 11, 1987, in Liberal, Kan., to Valery A. (Lira) McCart. He graduated from McCook High School in May of 2005 and joined the U.S. Army on July 26, 2005.
Jonny was also an organ donor. His heart, liver, both kidneys and pancreas were able to be placed into needy recipients.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, D.J. Perez, great-grandfather, Manuel Vieyra and best friends, Clayton "Claytumbo" Pierson and Christopher "Botz" Botsford.
Survivors include his mother, Valery A. McCart of Cambridge; two sisters, Jessica M. Peterson and son, Nikolas Malleck of McCook and Jayme L. Peterson of Kearney; grandparents, Jesse and Delores Lira of Hays, Kan.; great-grandmother, Mary Gomez of North Platte and Rosie Perez of Wellington, Kan.; three uncles, Johnny Lira and wife, Marla of Ulysses, Kan., Jeffrey Lira and wife, Carrie of Ottawa, Kan., and Rick Littlejohn and wife, Steffanie of Maize, Kan.; cousins, Kory Lira of Ulysses, Kan., Lesha (Lira) Doyle and husband, Sterling and son Connor of Ulysses, Kan., J.P. Lira and Levi Lira of Gothenburg, Kan., Jessica Littlejohn of Wichita, Kan., Jamie (Littlejohn) and husband, Pvt Nick Farinas of Wichita, Kan.; and best friend, Chase Pierson of McCook.
Rosary is today at 7 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with Father Gary Brethour officiating. The funeral service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the City Auditorium with Father (CPT) Brian Kane officiating. An honorable military burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name.
Visitation is today until time of rosary. Friends may go on-line at www.carpenterbreland.com to leave condolences.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.