Russell Eugene Petersen (1925 - 2012)

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Funeral services for Russell E. Petersen, 86, were conducted by Pastor Jud Stover on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Kimballton. The honorary casket bearers were his granddaughters: Alexandria Hinderholtz, Emily Hinderholtz, Nichole Walter, Brooke Christensen, Melissa Thygesen, Tiffany Baier, and Morgan Gust. The casket bearers were his grandsons: Ryan Petersen, Chris Petersen, Travis Petersen, Tyson Petersen, Keaton Christensen, and Aaron Gust. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements
Russell Eugene Petersen, the son of Alvin and Sarah (Peterson) Petersen, was born Dec. 24, 1925, at his parents' home in Douglas Township, Audubon County, and died Jan. 27, 2012, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, at the age of 86 years, 1 month, and 3 days.
Russell attended rural school in Audubon County and then attended high school in Harlan, and Audubon, Iowa. Russell then helped operate the family farm near Fiscus.
On Feb. 16, 1947, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Thompson at the Methodist Church Chapel in Harlan. Five children were born to this union. They moved to a farm north of Kimballton. They raised livestock and grain on the same farm for over 57 years. He retired from farming and in 2004 moved into Kimballton.
Russell was on the Douglas County Board of Review, served as a Douglas Township Trustee for many years and was on the Douglas Township Election Board. His passion was farming. He enjoyed playing fast pitch softball and was an excellent pitcher. He umpired many baseball and softball games and enjoyed playing cards. But most of all, Russell enjoyed spending time with his family.
Russell was preceded in death by his grandson Eric Petersen; his parents; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Kenneth and wife Geraldine Thompson, Marilyn and husband Frank Briggs, and Harold Baeth.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Bonnie Petersen of Kimballton; his children: Larry and wife Sandy Petersen of Avoca; Rick and wife Ann Petersen of Spring Grove, Ill.; Joni and husband Brent Christensen of Corning; Carol and husband Kent Baier of Brayton; Carla and husband Bob Gust of Audubon; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law Beverly Baeth of Des Moines; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2012