|Richard Petersen, 73|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Richard Petersen, 73, died on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at First Care Medical Services Hospital in Fosston.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 23, at the Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Father Tim McGee presiding. Casket bearers included VFW Post 2793 and the American Legion Post 117 of Thief River Falls. Military honors were provided by the VFW and American Legion. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Richard Dale Petersen was born on June 13, 1932 in Thief River Falls, the son of Carl Stigen and Helen Reed. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith and attended school in Thief River Falls, graduating from Lincoln High School. Following high school, Richard entered the United States Army and served his country in the Korean Conflict.
Richard was united in marriage to Betty Owen and to this union six children were born, Steve, Jan, James, Jeannie, Todd and LeeAnn. On March 11, 1967 he married Janet DeLap in Thief River Falls. The couple resided in Thief River Falls. Richard worked as a conductor and brakeman for the Soo Line Railroad.
Richard enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, fishing and loved to travel.
He was a member of the Eagles, VFW, Elks and the American Legion of Thief River Falls.
Richard is survived by four children, Jan Engelstad of Thief River Falls, James Petersen of Aurora, Colo., Todd Petersen of Thief River Falls and LeeAnn (Jim) Carlson of Richland, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two uncles, Bob (Patsy) Reed and Bill (Donna) Reed, both of Thief River Falls.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Reed Petersen; one son, Steven Petersen; and one daughter, Jeannie Thompson.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.co