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March 29, 1921 - December 10, 2012
SALEM - Leslie Petersen, 91, passed away on 10 December 2012. He was born on March 29, 1921 in Lakefield, Minnesota. He was the 5th of nine children born to John and Sadie Petersen. He lived in Minnesota, Montana and Oregon.
Les joined the U.S. Army in September of 1940 and achieved the rank of Sgt. He saw combat in Central Europe and landed in Normandy just ahead of D Day with the 82nd Airborne. He earned a Purple Heart amongst other distinguished medals while serving a 5 year enlistment.
Les married his wife Eva in May of 1947. Les settled down with Eva in Turner where they ran a dairy farm for 25 years and raised their children. Les enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. He served on the Cloverdale School Board and the Mayflower Milk Board. He also enjoyed being a Boy Scout Leader.
He is survived by Eva, his wife of 65 years, Sister Arlene Collier, and his children, Stephen (Mary), Barabara Wallace, Janet, (Jim) Taylor; second son Paul Scheely (Mary Ann;) 8 Grandchildren; 15 Great Grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; preceded in death by son-in-law Dick Wallace and 7 siblings.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 14th at City View Funeral Home. Food and refreshments will follow at the Turner Fire Department at 7605 3rd ST SE, Turner, OR 97392. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Turner Fire Department.
The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful staff of Brookstone Alzheimer's Special Care Center for their loving care of our husband and father this past three years.
City View Funeral Home and Cemetery
390 Hoyt St. South
Salem, OR 97302
Published in StatesmanJournal on Dec. 12, 2012