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Roger A. Peterson, 89

Roger A. Peterson, age 89, of Tinton Falls, NJ, formerly of Cokato, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at Renaissance Gardens, Seabrook Village, Tinton Falls.

He was born in Cokato, and served his country honorably in the US Navy during WW II.

Roger was proud of his Eagle Scout accomplishment.

He started his early career in acting in the mid 1940s, performing in Broadway shows. He went on to become a TV producer, first with the Gary Moore Show with Carol Burnett, and then producing game shows for Goodson-Todman Productions in New York for more than 40 years, including “I’ve Got A Secret,” “What’s My Line,” and “To Tell The Truth.” He later moved to California, where he was production manager of “The Price Is Right,” “Family Feud,” “Snap Judgment,” and “Password.”

Roger was a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), NYC, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

He served as a volunteer reader for the blind at the Lighthouse For The Blind in New York City for more than 18 years.

Roger is survived by his life partner of 50 years, James Thomson of Ocean Township, NJ; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Joan Peterson of Winchester, VA; two nephews, Jonathan and Jeffrey; two nieces, Diane Randall and Karen Guida; and a cousin and his wife, Kaki and Clair Peterson of Minneapolis.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Friday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Holy Innocents R.C. Church in Neptune, NJ, with interment at Woodbine Mausoleum, Oceanport, NJ. Contributions in Roger’s memory can be made to the Seabrook Benevolent Fund, 3000 Essex Drive, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753.