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James Petersen - June 16, 2013

Kenesaw resident James (Jim) M. Petersen, 82, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Kenesaw Haven Home.
Jim was born Dec. 29, 1930, to Morton L. and Henrietta (Christensen) Petersen in Kenesaw.
He attended Shiloh grade school and graduated from the Kenesaw High School in 1948.
He married Bernice Finnigsmier on June 3, 1951.
He served in the United States Army from Jan. 3, 1952, to Dec. 7, 1953, during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Munich, Germany.
He farmed southwest of Kenesaw for over 40 years, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kenesaw.
He was a 60 year member of the Kenesaw American Legion serving as post commander and finance officer. He was a member of the 40 and 8 for 30 years and served as the chef-de gar in 1982, and was a member of the Veterans Service Board for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife Bernice of Kenesaw; daughter-in-law, Julie (Mike) Bowling; son-in-law, Pat Mehuron; granddaughter, Brette Petersen of Lincoln; sister, Matt Bittfield of Hastings; sister-in-law, Joyce Clark of Kenesaw; and brother-in-law, Roger Finnigsmier of St. Paul; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law; son, John Petersen and daughter, Mary Petersen Mehuron; infant brother, Wayne Petersen; sister, Arvera Derauf and husband Robert; and brother-in-law, Vern Bittfield.
Services were June 20, 2013, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kenesaw with the Rev. Paul Duffy officiating.
Burial was in the Kenesaw Cemetery with military rites by the Hastings military service.
Condolences may be sent to the family from
Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kenesaw, Kenesaw High School Foundation the Petersen and Mehuron Scholarship Fund.
Brand-Wilson Funeral Home in Hastings was in charge of arrangements.