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Petersen, Walter  
Walter "Jake" Leroy Petersen was born in Bakersfield, CA December 11, 1930 and passed away at home in Kernville April 21, 2016. Jake lived and worked in Weldon and Kernville all of his life. He married Donna Mae Bechtel in 1951. They made their home in Kernville. Jake worked for the KC Roads Department, went into the service in 1952 through 1954 and returned to the Roads Department for 36 years. Jake's hobby was collecting cars and he had collected many over the years and enjoyed everyone of them. Jake's parents, Walter C., Jr. and Luteria (Esponda) Petersen preceded him. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Donna Mae, his sister Maxine Henslee of Konawa, Oklahoma, a niece, Stacy, her husband, Greg Mathis and their son Joseph of Durant, Oklahoma, cousins, Claude Esponda and Josie Petersen of Weldon and numerous relatives in the Kern River Valley and surrounding area. Graveside services at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield, 10 AM on April 29, 2016. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to any animal rescue nonprofit. Hillcrest Memorial Park
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 29, 2016
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