Maynard E. Peterson was born to Elof and Susie (Base) Peterson in Gypsum, Kan. and passed away at the Oklahoma City VA Hospital on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.
In 1950, he graduated from Lindsborg High School in Lindsborg, Kan. He studied at Bethany College, Lindsborg, joining the Class of 1954 playing football and basketball. He was drafted into the Army and he was assigned to the Medical Company 351st Infantry in Trieste, Italy from 1953-1955 during the Korean War Conflict. He was then placed on loan to the Legal Department and he became responsible for reporting the proceedings of the special courts-martial by Gregg Shorthand and typing into summary format. While in Trieste, Maynard contracted Tuberculosis in both lungs and was honorably discharged attaining title of Corporal and sent back by boat to two hospitals for observation. At the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., he met the love of his life, Dorothy M. Shirack working in medical records.
Maynard commenced his study of machine shorthand by correspondence through the Midwest Stenotype Institute In Kansas City. Nine months after his release from the hospital he graduated from the Midwest Stenotype Institute in Kansas City, Mo., in 1956. He started court reporting in May of 1956, marrying Dorothy on September 14, 1956 and a few years later, his only child Dianne was born. Maynard and Dorothy were married almost 60 years until her death on June 28, 2016.Maynard reported for 52 years in Kansas City, Mo., Tulsa, Okla. and finally Oklahoma City, Okla. He was a speed champion and scholar of machine shorthand and taught many state and national seminars. He became a federal court reporter for the western district of Oklahoma working for the late Hon. Luther B. Eubanks for nine-and-a-half years before reentering the free-lance business again in approximately 1975 continuing into 2008 running his own firm. Dorothy worked by his side as office manager. He holds the CSR, RPR, CP-CM, and the CRR, Certified Realtime Reporter, being instrumental in becoming one of the first realtime reporters. He reigned twice as the Associated Stenotypists of America speed champion in 1963 and 1964 and placed high into the late 1980's in speed contests. He competed with his younger brother Frank along his side, who also was a two-time national speed champion in 1965 and 1966. Maynard served as president of the Associated Stenotypists of America in 1967. He obtained the Fellow award from NSRA in 1976. He was Reporter of the Year 2003-2004 for the OCRA. He traveled overseas reporting in The Hague, Netherlands and the Palace of Justice in Prague-Smichov, Czechoslovakia. In 1986, he wrote real-time translation in the Hon. David L. Russell's courtroom when computers were still being developed to handle the task. His clients used him for his skill, professionalism and neutrality required as an officer of the court.
Maynard sang in the church choir, sang barbershop with the Singing Sooners and OK Chorale choruses and quartets totaling almost 45 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Okla., Peace Lutheran Church in Edmond, Okla. for over 30 years, and a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Bethany, Okla. before relocating to the Norman Veterans Center.
He dearly loved his wife, family and his grandchildren who became the center of his world.
Special thanks to Maynard's caregivers at the Norman Veterans Center, Synergy HomeCare of Edmond, especially Dennis Webb, Norman Regional Hospital and the Oklahoma City VA Hospital Palliative care doctors and nurses for his end of life care.
He is predeceased by his parents, stepfather Delbert Danielson, his wife Dorothy, his brothers Frank and Cleo Peterson, sister-in-laws Iris and Marlene Peterson, and his brother-in-law Milton Nagely.
He is survived by his brother Darrel of Wisconsin, sister-in-law Darlene of Broken Arrow, Okla., his only child Dianne Ogle and husband Keith of Mustang, Okla., his grandson Brian Ogle and wife Whitney and great-grandson Maverick Rhett Ogle of Oklahoma City, Okla., his "sweetheart" granddaughter Holly Ogle of Mustang, Okla., his sister-in-law Juanita Nagely, 96, of Abilene, Kan., and many other relatives.
His warm-up practice on the stenograph machine was "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country."
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Maynard to the Alzheimer's Association, Attn: OKC Walk Team "Peterson Family," 2123 N. Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73106, or the Norman Veterans Center, P.O. Box 1668, Norman, OK 73070, or anyplace of your choosing.
A family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2017 at John Ireland Funeral Home in Moore, OK. For online condolences visit www.johnirelandfuneralhome.com.
The funeral service and burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 1344 Daisy Road, Abilene, Kansas officiated by Pastor Stanger.
Published on August 22, 2017