His service will be 10:30am Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. Craig Nissen ~ officiating. Military Services will be conducted by the: Sheldon V.F.W. Bunker-Peterson Post #7354 and the American Legion Mc Glothlen-Cowie Post #145 of Sheldon, IA
Visitation will be Monday, August 27 after 4:00pm with the family present from 4:00 – 7:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon. Internment will be at a later date.
The Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon is in charge of arrangements.
Online memorial condolences may be sent to: vanderploegfunerals.com
Arthur G. Petersen, the son of Arthur and Alvina A. (Olson) Petersen was born July 11, 1930 in Petersburg, Minnesota, and graduated from Jackson High School in Jackson, Minnesota in 1948. From 1950 – 1952, he served in the United States Army National Guard during the Korean Conflict obtaining the rank of Master Sgt. After the service he returned home where he met and eventually married his wife, Dorothy Burrus on February 20, 1955 in Jackson, Minnesota. The couple made their home on a farm near Petersburg where they farmed until 1969, when they moved to Sheldon, Iowa where they owned and operated the Sheldon Motel. From 1977 – 1989, they owned and operated the A&W Restaurant in Sheldon. Then he worked for Neal Chase Lumber in Sheldon for 8 years retiring in 1998. Art passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota reaching the age of 82 years, 1 month and 12 days.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon; serving on the church board and as chairman. While in Petersburg he served on the church and school boards. He was a member of the SIDC Board, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and the American Legion all of Sheldon. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, fishing, farming, playing cards, walking and watching the Twins, Vikings and Golf on TV.
Art is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 57 years and their 5 children, Kristi (Wade) Wassenaar; Kevin (Noreen) Petersen and Bradley Petersen all of Sheldon; Charles (Paula) Petersen of Lowry, MN and Mark (Ann) Petersen of Hartley, IA; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, a sister, Ruth Van Dyke of Slayton, MN; a sister-in-law, Maxine Petersen of CO; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Gordon and his wife, Bev and Richard Petersen and a sister, Gladys.