ROBERT "PETE" PETERSEN

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    - Tana Bostic
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    - Sheila Shoer
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    - Deborah Nelson
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    - Marcia & Gary Zerkle
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    - Karen Goldner
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ROBERT "PETE" PETERSEN, was surrounded by family when his Savior called him home on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Although born near Chicago, Pete lived most of his 86 joy-filled years in Fort Wayne. He was proud to be the youngest son of the late Elmar and Delphina Petersen. He enlisted into the U.S. Army soon after graduating from Central High School in 1945. He honorably served in World War II, where he was awarded the Victory Medal alongside other brave soldiers. He happily worked 43 years as a printer for The Journal Gazette where he made amazing friendships and memories. After his retirement, he started his second career as a F.W.C.S. bus driver. For the next 15 years, he lovingly cared for every child that stepped on his bus. Many fellow bus drivers called him "Sweet Pete" because he often surprised them by cleaning the heavy snow off their buses during the coldest winter mornings. "Everyone that met him was blessed." His hobbies included loving and caring for his family, sharing his friendly smile, making people laugh, encouraging others, secretly paying for the meals of strangers, collecting quarters with his grandchildren, eating ice cream, caring for his dog, and feeding squirrels. He was the proud daddy of Sue (Otis) Bostic, Danny Earhart, Timmy (Melinda) Petersen, and Tammy Petersen (Chris) Pierce. He deeply adored his 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear sister, Carol Thompson; loving nieces and nephews; and was also loved dearly by his lady friend, Louise Keim. He was tearfully preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn M. Petersen, in 1991. He was also sadly preceded in death by his brother, Elmar Petersen; and sister, Phyllis Kelly. A Celebration of Life service is noon Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Southwest Church of Christ, (where he was a cherished member), 5500 Ardmore Ave., with visitation with his family starting one hour prior. His minister, Alan Meneely, will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Covington Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made in honor of his sister, Carol, to Alzheimers of Greater Indiana, or to Smile Train to honor his compassion for children. If you were blessed by this man, would you honor him by sharing a few words, a story, or picture with his family on Facebook.com/ RobertSamuelPetersen, or you may sign a guestbook or write condolences at www.smithbrownfuneral home.com
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 30, 2014
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