Marion- Gayle L. “Pete” Petersen, 77, of Marion, passed away at 11:58 PM, Friday, August 2, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.
Pete was born on October 20, 1935 in Lincoln, IL to Lester K. & Lanora (Karr) Petersen. He married Violet Wilson on February 8, 1973 in Harrisburg. She survives of Marion.
Pete served his country honorably while enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. Once honorably discharged, he began a thirty-eight year career as a Station Engineer for the Illinois Department of Corrections at the Illinois Youth Center in Harrisburg.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Eldorado. He was also an active member of the Marion Masonic Lodge, Williamson County Shriner’s, and the Harrisburg American Legion. In his spare time he enjoyed watching Eldorado High School Sports, the IHSA Holiday tournament, and he has been a season ticket holder for the Southern Illinois Miners from the start. He was even featured in a couple of articles in The Southern for his steady attendance at Miners games.
Wife- Violet Petersen of Marion
Son- Jerry Wathen of Park Forest, IL
Son- Ty Petersen and wife Jamie of Vienna
Daughter- Kim Kennedy and husband Tommy of Chattanooga, TN
Daughter- Nicole King and husband Tiger of Rossville, GA
Sarah King and husband Jason of Cypress
Travis and Kaitlyn Kennedy of Chattanooga, TN
Jonathan King of Rossville, GA
Three great grandchildren- Kolten, Addison & Cadence
Several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date for family and friends. Blue Funeral Home in Marion assisted the family with memorial arrangements.
Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ 1704 North Court St/ Marion, IL 62959.