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KENNETH CHARLES "PETE" PETERSEN


1925 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
WATERMAN – Kenneth Charles "Pete" Petersen, 87, of Waterman, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.
Pete was born Sept. 14, 1925, at Waterman Hospital, and was the only child of Edward Petersen and Lydia (Granart) Petersen. He served in both World War II and the Korean War with the U.S. Navy. His past service also included the Waterman Lions Club, Waterman School Board, the village board, the American Legion and the Waterman Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as chief.
Pete loved camping with his family and drinking coffee with his friends – the man knew no stranger. He also had a love for planning and working on many projects – he built his home at 72. Pete was a very successful businessman, owning his own construction companies, P&L Supply Inc., for many years. Pete represented what the "Greatest Generation" was all about.
Pete is survived by his wife of 65 years, Donna Belle (Lothson) Petersen; five sons, Tony (Becky), Joel (Jeanie), Eric (Holli), David (Deborah) and Dale (Kyna); two daughters, Brenda Clark and Amy (James) Burrows; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be celebrated in his honor at 2 p.m. with a visitation starting at 1 p.m. until the hour of service on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Nash-Nelson Funeral Home, at Route 23 and Route 30, Waterman. A private burial will be at the North Clinton Township Cemetery upon the return of his remains.
As his last act of giving, Pete donated his body to science. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a memorial fund to be established in his name.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Aug. 26, 2013
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