Maynard E. Peterson, 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 26, 2017



Maynard E. Peterson was born July 25, 1933, to Elof and Susie (Base) Peterson in Gypsum, Kansas and passed away at the Oklahoma City VA Hospital on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Maynard graduated from Lindsborg High School in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1950. He worked on the railroad ties in Lindsborg, Kansas. He studied at Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, for two and-a-half years playing football and basketball, joining Class of 1954. He was drafted in the Army. After basic training at Fort Bliss, 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 Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado and then to the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, for observation. It was there at the Veterans Hospital in Kansas City that 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, Missouri, in 1956. He started court reporting in May of 1956, married Dorothy on September 14, 1956. A few years later, his only child Dianne was born. Maynard and Dorothy were married almost 60 years until her death 6-28-2016. Maynard reported for 52 years. He starting working in Kansas City, Missouri, then Tulsa, Oklahoma and finally Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He taught many state and national seminars. He became a federal court reporter for the Western District of Oklahoma working for the late Honorable Luther B. Eubanks for 9 1/2 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, the Certified Shorthand Reporter for the State of Oklahoma, the RPR, Registered Professional Reporter, the NSRA Proficiency and Merit Certificates 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 in the 1965, 1966,1967, and 1969 contests. He competed with his younger brother Frank along his side, who also was a two-time national speed champion in 1965 and 1966. He participated and placed in many NSRA Speed Contests since his first entry in Denver in 1960. He placed second at NSRA in 1975. In the 1980’s he place in the top ten in the NSRA contests. 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 Oklahoma Court Reporters Association. More than just a champion reporter, he is also a scholar of machine shorthand, having taught many seminars including NSRA, Las Vegas, ASA, Bismarck, North Dakota, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma to name a few. He taught speed-building classes at Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, Oklahoma and has conducted private reporting classes in Edmond, Oklahoma in the past. He traveled overseas on some cases reporting in The Hague, Netherlands and the Palace of Justice in Prague-Smichov, Czechoslovakia. In 1986, he tackled a tobacco case in Federal Court writing the first real-time translation in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in Judge Russell’s courtroom. He reported many patent infringement cases, medical malpractice cases and many others. His clients used him for his skill, professionalism and neutrality required as an officer of the court. Maynard, being an avid Lutheran, in his spare time sang in the church choir, sang barbershop with the Singing Sooners and OK Chorale choruses and quartets totaling almost 45 years having attained his 25 and 35-year pins. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Peace Lutheran Church in Edmond, Oklahoma for over 30 years, and a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Bethany before relocating to the Oklahoma Veterans Center - Norman Division in Norman, Oklahoma. He dearly loved his wife, family and his grandchildren became the center of his world. As a couple, Maynard and Dorothy showed the world love to the end! 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, Elof and Susie Peterson, stepfather Delbert Danielson, his beloved wife Dorothy, his brothers Francis (Frank) and Cleo Peterson, sister-in-law Iris Peterson, sister-in-law 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, Oklahoma, his only child Dianne Ogle and husband Keith of Mustang, Oklahoma, his grandson Brian Ogle and wife Whitney and great grandson Maverick Rhett Ogle of Oklahoma City, his “sweetheart” granddaughter Holly Ogle of Mustang, Oklahoma, his sister-in-law Juanita Nagely, 96, of Abilene, Kansas, and many other relatives. He taught his daughter the security of a loving Christian family, softball, the stenograph machine, among other things. 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.” I love you always Daddy. 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 on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 6-8 p.m at John M. Ireland & Son Funeral Home & Chapel, 120 South Broadway, Moore, Oklahoma. The funeral service and burial will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 1344 Daisy Road, Abilene, Kansas officiated by Pastor Stanger.



Deborah Monard (Turner) commented on 20-Aug-2017 09:10 AM
Maynard was highly respected as the best court reporter in Oklahoma City. He held the highest degree of professionalism and was admired by all the other court reporters who knew him. He was also a good man, and I am sad that he is no longer here. My sympathy and condolences to the family. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Annie Mocha commented on 20-Aug-2017 09:34 AM
A wonderful man, a pioneer in court reporting, and a hero to many. He will be always a part of Oklahoma's heritage in the field of court reporting. Prayers for the family
Darci Allen Iola commented on 23-Aug-2017 10:28 AM
Dianne and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. To me your father was the "Court Reporter's Court Reporter." He was always kind to me and helpful to answer questions from a "newbie" reporter. He was so well-known in the court reporting world having participated in all of those speed contests and just such a gentleman, always there helping our profession. So proud to say I knew him. My deepest condolences, Darci Allen Iola
Greg and Tere Bond commented on 23-Aug-2017 03:09 PM
Please accept our prayers for comfort and peace. During this time of grief, know that Maynard rests in the arms of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.
Dr. Billye Peterson commented on 24-Aug-2017 10:19 AM
What a great example Maynard set for all court reporters! How privileged I was to have known him and to have taught Dianne court reporting at Rose State College. Maynard set the bar high for his profession. What a wonderful Christian family!


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