Clarence H. "Pete" Petersen, age 85, of Brazil died at 2:56 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Royal Oaks Health Care in Terre Haute where he had resided for about two weeks.
He was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Racine, Wisc. He was the son of James S. and Flora (Petersen) Petersen who have both preceded him in death.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he was also a CPA. From 1943 until 1946, during World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and the Rhineland earning four bronze stars and the rank of Staff Sergeant. He later spent five years in the U.S Army Reserves Finance Corps and earned the rank of Second Lieutenant.
He married Helen L. Moede on May 25, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisc. She preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 2004. While living in Harlingen, Texas, he and his wife were members of the Grace Lutheran Church. After moving to Brazil, they joined the First United Methodist Church. During his life, he was a church organist in the communities where he lived.
He was a career banker, working as an officer at First Wisconsin National Bank in Milwaukee, Eau Claire, and as President of First Wisconsin National Bank in Rice Lake, Wisc., from 1971 to 1980. He and his wife Helen retired to Harlingen, where they lived until it became necessary to move to Brazil in September of 2002.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur J. Petersen and Axel S. Petersen; and two sisters, Florence A. Petersen and Eva C. Petering.
Two daughters survive him, Catherine Peters of New Britain, Conn., and Marsha Kummer of White Bear Lake, Minn.; and one son, Michael A. Petersen and wife Charlene of Brazil.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Amy Davies of Indianapolis, Paul Petersen of Logan, Utah, Sarah Peters of Albany, N.Y., Tamara Peters of Springfield, Mass., Debra Peters of Enfield, Conn., Rebecca Peters of Enfield, Mathew Kummer of Clarkston, Mich., Andrew Kummer of White Bear Lake and Benjamin Kummer of Apple Valley, Minn.; and one great-grandchild, Jasmine Farrell of Enfield.
Funeral Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Brazil with Rev. Tony Alstott officiating. At the request of the deceased, he will be cremated following the funeral services and his ashes buried later. Friends may call at Moore Funeral Home 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Organ Restoration Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Brazil. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Visit www.moorefuneralhome.us for more information or to send a card of condolence.