Delmer Eugene Petersen, 92, of Ashkum, passed peacefully on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his residence following a brief illness, surrounded by his family.
Delmer was born January 16, 1920, in Kankin, the son of Elmer E. and Lena C. Petersen. He married Ethel L. Menigoz on August1, 1942 and she preceded him in death in May 2006. He married briefly to Margaret Callahan in 1972, and she survives. He later married Mary F. Zorn on April 24, 1972 and she preceded him in death in December 2012.
Other survivors include one son, Roy (Vicky) Petersen, of Ashkum; one daughter, Ruth (Darryl Kleinert of Chebanse; one step-son, Dale (Cathy) Rigsby of Fairbury; three step daughters, Carol Haas and Linda (Ervin VanWinkle, both of Seymour, Tn., and Ruth (Jim) Winterland of Fairbury; one brother, Ivan E. Petersen of Ashkum; 18 grandchildren; 9 step grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Harold, Vernon, Wendell, and Arthur Petersen; one grandson, Steven Kleinert; one step grandson, Douglas VanWinkle; and one great grandson, Phillip Goodrich.
Mr. Petersen was a lifelong farmr who owned and operated Petersen's Hatchery and the Petersen Cattle Farm, both in Ashkum. He enjoyed hunting, and was an avid fisherman who spent most of his summers fishing Lake Kabetogama in Minnesota. He also enjoyed playing cards, and was especially found of his cribbage games with his brother Ivan and his neighbor Vernon Meents.
Funeral services will be at 10 am on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Knapp funeral Home in Clifton. Burial will be in Chatsworth City Cemetery.