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
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