Kenneth P. Petersen

Petersen, Kenneth P.
Age 89

Council Bluffs, passed away March 16, 2013 at his home after a long battle with COPD. Ken was born January 10, 1924 in Council Bluffs to the late Elmer N. and Rose Marie (Miller) Petersen. He graduated Abraham Lincoln High School in 1942 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Ken married Doris Nelson on July 4, 1948 in Council Bluffs. He retired from Enron, Inc. in 1984 after a 28-year career. Ken was a giant among men. He spent his life in service to our country, as a husband, a father and later as a volunteer. Ken was recognized at the Iowa State Fair last year as Iowan for the Day. His many activities included: Legislative Chairman and volunteer for Jennie Edmundson Hospital; board member of IHA and helped create many educational programs for all the hospitals and volunteers in Iowa; board member of Wings of Hope Cancer Center; AEA13, American Cancer Society Iowa Advisory Council and Commissioner for the Iowa State Department of Aging. Ken has been involved in the Pottawattamie County Tobacco Coalition, UPRR Museum, Chanticleer Theatre, Bluffs Art Council, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Toastmasters, IWCC-VIP, American Red Cross, American Legion Post #2 and his church, Our Savior's Lutheran. He received the honor to represent Council Bluffs as ambassador for the Relay for Life nationwide event, held in Washington, D.C. in 2006. Ken was a dedicated and active volunteer for the Council Bluffs Community School District. He was on the Board of Education for nearly 20 years and facilitated a Youth Leadership Academy for 7th and 8th grade students. In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Petersen and 2 infant children. Ken is survived by three daughters, Roseanne (Bruce) Bates, Davenport, IA, Suzanne (Jay) Robinson, Omaha, Joanne (Allan) Hull, Papillion, NE; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE Saturday at 11am at Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel, with Military Honors by American Legion Post #2. A lunch will immediately follow at Tish's Restaurant. VISITATION with the family one prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to Wings of Hope or Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation. CUTLER-O'NEILL-MEYER-WOODRING
Bayliss Park Chapel
545 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA


Funeral Home

Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home and Crematory
545 Willow Avenue Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 322-7779

Published in Omaha World-Herald from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2013