MITCHELL - Homer L. Petersen, 85, went to be with his Lord Jesus Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 peacefully surrounded by family and friends at his daughter Lorie and son-in-law Randy Martin's home in Gering.
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His memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Mitchell Berean Church in Mitchell with Pastors Giles Arm-strong and Scott Mathis officiating. Inurnment will be held at Mitchell City Cemetery. The United States Navy will perform military honors.
Memorials can be made to the Mitchell Berean church, Prairie Haven Hospice, and to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.jones-mortuary.com. Jones Mortuary in Mitchell is in charge of arrangements.
Homer was born to Walter and Ada (Baldwin) Petersen May 5, 1927 at Torrington, Wyo. He graduated from Torrington High School in 1945 then served in the United States Navy for two years.
Homer married Elizabeth Ann Rhoades Sept. 26, 1954 and was blessed with two sons, a daughter, and almost 58 years of marriage. Homer was employed at Great Western Sugar Company for 38 years and farmed his own land north of Henry for 32 years before moving to Mitchell in 1987.
He was blessed again with nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Homer loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, and cooking with his wife, kids, and grandkids.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ann; sons, Neil (Frances) of Checota, Okla., Bryan (Mindy) of Henry; daughter, Lorie (Randy) of Gering; grandsons, Joe, David, Daniel, Caleb, Cody; granddaughters, Autumn (Charles) Ashley, Haylie, Kelsey, and nine great-grandchildren; brother, Alvin Petersen of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and sister, Maxine Hlavac of Sebestpol, Calif.
His parents and youngest sister Betty preceded him in death.
The family misses him dearly and would like to convey our gratitude to all that helped us care for him. We would also like to give thanks to everyone at Mitchell Berean Church where he was a member along with his wife Ann to all that stopped by to share in our grief, bring food, keep us in their prayers, and give us much needed condolences. Prairie Haven Hospice was a God send to us. We would especially like to give a special thank you to Tammy Green for the extra support and care she gave us for our loved one's comfort.
Published in The Star-Herald from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13, 2012