HAWARDEN—Gary “Pete” Petersen, 73, Hawarden, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, May 19, 2019, at his home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at American Lutheran Church in Hawarden, with Pastor Erma Wolf officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden. Visitation with family present will be 6-7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the church. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hawarden American Lutheran Church or the charity of your choosing. Condolences may be left for the family at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.
Gary “Pete” Petersen, son of Orville and Henrietta (Eberts) Petersen, was born July 20, 1945, in Rock Island, IL. Pete graduated from high school in Rock Island. From 1965-1969, Pete proudly served as a medic in Topeka, KS, for the United States Air Force. On June 25, 1971, Pete was united in marriage with Linda Ranschau. Together the couple made their home in Hawarden. Pete worked at Dirks in Akron, owned and operated his own gun shop and later worked for NAPA in Hawarden.
Pete loved being out on his boat at Okoboji. He enjoyed being an America expert on M-1 Garands, playing cards, hunting, fishing, shooting, collecting coins, grilling, 1960s music and going to concerts with Linda. Pete also enjoyed driving his 1957 Chevy, which he owned for 40 years, and going to the Tulsa Gun Show with Tarl, Eric and Ed Eldridge. Pete was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Hawarden American Lutheran Church.
Pete is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; son Tarl Petersen of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Gordon (Donna) Petersen of Longview, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Everlyn Eldridge of Fremont, NE, and Arlene (Jim) Semans of Sioux Falls; nephew, Jason (Brenda) Petersen and their family, Trevor, Brandon, and Amanda; niece, Johnna Striklin and her family, Nolan and Chelsea; niece, Ember; nephew, Eric (Venessa) Eldridge and their family, Kyle, Kale, and Jade; and niece, Kim (Chris) Bultsma and their daughter, Mallory.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Henrietta; brother-in-law, Ed Eldridge; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Clara Ranschau; uncle-in-law, John Ranschau; and great-niece, Adrienne Malone.