Farming Rural 07

Robert L. Petersen

November 13, 1930 ~ November 6, 2020 (age 89)


Robert L. Petersen, 89 of St. Paul, died on Friday, November 6, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  

Services will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul.  CDC guidelines will be followed.  Roger Grim is conducting the service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Robert L. Petersen was born in Exeter, Nebraska on November 13, 1930 to Pete and Helene (Christensen) Petersen.  He attended school through the eighth grade. Robert and Georgia (Knapp) were united in marriage on June 4, 1952 in Grand Island.  

The couple lived in various communities during the early part of their marriage before moving to Grand Island.  Robert and Georgia moved to a farm near Nysted in 1971 where they lived until moving into St. Paul in 2011.

Robert’s hobbies included playing cards and slot machines, junk jaunting, reading western books, and watching western movies and All-Star Wrestling. He enjoyed going for drives, going to farm auctions and swap meets, and Fort Randal bus rides.  His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Brad Petersen of Grand Island; a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie & Jim Gawrych of St. Paul; a daughter-in-law, Trish Petersen of Phillips; eight grandchildren, Marcia Lemburg, Connie (Matt) Brewster, Crystal (Wayde) Petersen, Desi Lackmann, Lance Petersen, Alexis (Raphael) Petersen, Devin (Ashley) Petersen, Cole (Hannah) Petersen; six great-grandchildren, Gwennie, Maddie, Westley, Georgia, Jamison, and Kyson; brother and sister-in-law, Leland and Linda Petersen of Stromsburg; sister and brother-in-law, Aletha and Leon Piepho of Lincoln; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Clay Petersen; siblings, Virgil, Glendora, Beverly, Marvelyn, Delane; and an infant sister.

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Memorial Service
November 14, 2020

10:00 AM
Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home
411 O Street
St. Paul, NE 68873

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