Arthur Pete Petersen, Jr.., age 79, of Las Cruces entered eternal life Thursday, September 26, 2013 at his home with his loving wife by his side. "Art", as he was fondly known to family and friends, was born November 16, 1933 in San Pedro, Calif. to Arthur Pete, Sr. and Lucille Scott Petersen. As a young man he lived in San Juan, Calif. where he loved to go fishing and hunting. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy during the Korean War as an aviation electronic technician. After the service Art worked for over 40 years for GE as a radar technician on many remote job sites including Goldstone, the space shuttle ground communications at Edwards AFB and WSMR. In retirement, he assisted his wife Margie's endeavor to together create the Southern New Mexico Cancer Support Services group which helped many cancer survivors. Art was an avid conversationalist, expert on many subjects and enjoyed discussing politics. He was a member of the Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang. Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife of 37 years, Margie Burr Petersen of the family home; five children, five grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Art was preceded in death by his parents and his best friends. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2013 at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, Fort Bliss, Texas with military honors accorded by the United States Navy Honor Guard.Services arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care". For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Oct. 2, 2013