In Memory of

Larry R. Petersen

May 1, 1942 - January 4, 2014
Larry Ray Petersen, the son of Ray and June (Haas) Petersen, was born May 1, 1942, in Crofton, NE. His childhood years were spent in LeMars, IA. He graduated from LeMars High School in 1960. He was united in marriage to Maureen Doornink on August 17, 1962. He moved to Oregon for three years before returning to the Midwest in 1967, settling in Cherokee, IA. He was a long-time employee of Wilson's Foods, having spent 33 years in multiple departments. Prior to his retirement in 2012, he worked for Bomgaars in Cherokee. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. A self-proclaimed 'tinkerer', he spent some of his spare time locksmithing, raising fish and making wine. He had been a member of the Meriden Evangelical Free Church for 30 years. Larry passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the age of 71. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Brian Petersen. Survivors include his wife, Maureen of Cherokee; his children and their families: L. Dale Petersen and partner, Lydia Huber of Minneapolis, MN, Blaine Petersen and wife Cynthia of Chicago, IL, Sheri Petersen of Minneapolis, MN and Russell Petersen of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Christopher Menton, Calvin Petersen and Justice Petersen; a brother, Layten and wife Peggy Petersen of Post Falls, ID; along with cousins, nephews, niece and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday, January 8, 2013, at the Meriden Evangelical Free Church in Meriden.
Pastor Larry Ostercamp
Travis Petersen Tim Haas Terry Haas Christopher Menton Steve Anderson Tim Johnson Josef Doornink HONORARY BEARERS Dan Chapman Paul McGee Brandon Petersen
Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
"My Anchor Holds" by Randy Hein
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“many great memories came to mind when I read Larry's obit. Great friendships are worth remembering”
- Darnelle DeBlauw Nissen
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Sending many prayers to you guys in the coming days and weeks. We are so sorry for your loss.”
- Elizabeth Ross
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Condolences to all your family. You are certainly in our thoughts. May fond memories carry you thru.”
- Ron & Janice Witcombe
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“So many wonderful memories of Larry come to mind... sharp knives, locksmith rescue, fish tanks, but most of all the 'you are always welcome here' smile he always gave from his recliner. You've been blessed as a family and our family is praying for you!”
- Bethene Middleton
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Sincere sympathy to you all. There are. So many memories thru the years that the 4 of us enjoyed. So much. I will be with you in thoughts and prayers thru the days ahead. Just take a day at a time. A long distant hug to you Maureen.”
- joyce m hutton
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I'm sending all of you blessings, love, prayers, and light. I'm so, so sorry for your loss. My connection to Mr. Petersen is solely through Sheri's love of her dad. It makes me very sad that he's passed away, especially on Sheri's behalf, but I am so, so glad he lived the life he did to create the family that he did. I will be eternally grateful to him for producing such a wonderful daughter and for being the kind of man that she loves so, so much. I am so glad he doesn't have to suffer anymore and I pray with all my heart that any suffering his family and friends are feeling at his loss quickly turn into the deep and heartfelt love that brings a smile to their faces. Thank you, Mr. Petersen, for being Sheri's dad--for the love you gave to her, and for the family that you created. I'm truly grateful. I pray that you're totally at peace now and that your family's grief is as gentle as possible. Peace to all of you.
Rebecca Soulette (Sheri's friend)”
- Rebecca P. Soulette
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will continue to hold you up in prayer. Love you all, Rachel, Sam, Becca, and Matthew McGuire ”
- Rachel M McGuire
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“You are in my prayers. I remember having fun at the house with the kids and rest of the family.
Bobbi Bergert Kneebone and family ”
- Bobbi a Bergert-Kneebone
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“My sympathy to your entire family. I remember you guys when I was living in Meriden and got to know Larry through my daughters, Bobbi and Becky Bergert. You will miss him much, but you will have memories. My prayers
Mariann (Bergert) Leisinger”
- Mariann Leisinger
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