William F. Petersen Blue Grass, Iowa Died on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
2-5pm Sunday, September 11th, 2011 St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa
11am Monday, September 12th, 2011 St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa
Cemetery: Davenport Memorial Park
William Floyd Petersen, 84, was called to eternal life on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. The family will greet friends and family from 2 to 5 pm Sunday, September 11th at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport. Services will be held at 11 am Monday, September 12th at the church with burial in Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be addressed to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Scott County 4-H, Iowa Master Farmer's Foundation, or the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Born on the family farm to William Fred and Clara Petersen on November 27, 1926, he was the sixth of seven children. Growing up on a dairy farm, Bill learned the value of hard work early. He walked to "Cross Roads #7" country school in Buffalo twp starting in 1933; and attended West Intermediate (Frank L. Smart) and then Davenport (Central) High. The cows were milked and the milk delivered to Model Dairy before he could attend classes. Farming began with a matched pair of dapple gray draft horses (Molly & Fannie); but Bill kept up with the current technology, retiring with an International Harvester 5088 tractor in 1998. Self taught, Bill could dismantle just about anything and make improvements as he put it back together. He totally rebuilt and modernized their Century Farm. A major farm fire in 1970 didn't get him down, but presented an opportunity to rebuild and specialize in registered Holsteins. Under his leadership, Oak-Krest Holsteins flourished. He was honored as a Master Farmer for the State of Iowa by Wallaces Farmer in 1988.
Marian M. Schroeder became his life mate at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 6, 1950. They celebrated 61 years together. Bill and Marian worked from sun up to sun down with rarely a day off for years and years. They did, however, enjoy ballroom dancing at the Col Ballroom on Saturday nights with friends. When their children were old enough to handle the dairy operation, Bill and Marian traveled extensively (continental US, Mexico, Panama, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe (4 times), New Zealand, Australia, China). Woodworking and building were his passions with the completion of furniture, a yard barn and a covered bridge. In addition to ballroom dancing, woodworking and traveling, Bill enjoyed playing cards with friends, collecting toy tractors and scrapbooking, creating over 70 scrapbooks to enjoy in his retirement years. His grandchildren and their activities brought him tremendous joy.
Bill was a man of few words, finding solace in work. He did find time to serve on the Boards of S/M Service Company, Scott County Dairy Promotion, and Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Scott County Farm Bureau, Swiss Valley Farms, Holstein-Friesian Association of American, Scott County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, and Plus 60 Club. He was a lifetime member of the Dairy Shrine Club and Loyal Order of Moose.
Bill and Marian have sponsored the 4-H UP Award program for over 26 years.
Bill is lovingly remembered by his wife, Marian; children: William Flynn (Rita), Cynthia (Dean) Ehrecke, and David (Amy); grandchildren: Michelle, Barbara, Dana, Lance (fiancé Erin), William Francis and Nolan; sisters: Verna (Wes) Muller and Darleen Mays.
He was preceded by his parents; siblings and their spouses: Marie (Clarence) Egel, Elsie (Roy) Lowery, Arnold (Evelyn) Petersen, Marvin Petersen, and Jerry Mays.
The family truly appreciated the kindness and compassion of: family and friends, Dr. Debra Jaegle and staff, Sue and Nathan and the staff from Hospice Compassus, and all the amazing staff at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for assisting with Bill's care.
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