MINOT, N.D. -- Carl Lester Petersen, 87, formerly of Lansford, N.D., died on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, in a Minot hospital.
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Carl was born on March 11, 1922 in Layton, to Christian and Pearl (Shay) Petersen. He was reared and educated in Sussex and graduated from Sussex High School in 1941. Carl entered the U.S. Army in March of 1942 and served until his honorable discharge in December of 1945. He was called back to active duty during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge, he was employed at the Curtis Wright Aircraft Factory in Lodi.
Carl married Julia Quick on May 5, 1956, in Warwick, N.Y. They made their home in Garfield prior to moving to a farm in Montrose Township, of Bottineau County, near Lansford, in 1958. Carl was employed as a civil service employee at Minot Air Force Base from 1968 until January of 1988. They moved from the farm to Minot in 1993.
Carl was a member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot, and a former member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansford. He was a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and was a coach of the Lansford American Legion baseball team for a time. He especially enjoyed exercising and golfing.
CarlÕs loving family includes his wife of 53 years, Julia; his children, Stephen Petersen and his wife, Lorraine, of Newton, Carla Soto of Minot, Donna Cole and Shelley of Minot and Sally Denny and her husband, Richard, of Deep River, Iowa; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Lisa Petersen; a sister, Ethel Vantassle; and a brother, Kenneth Petersen.
Visitation will be held today from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot. A funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Minot. Interment will take place in the spring at the Lansford Community Cemetery.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the 'expressions of sympathy' section at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 29, 2009