Clifford M. Petersen, age 88, of Volin, South Dakota, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.
Funeral services are 1:30 PM, on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Velma Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Vangen Cemetery in rural Mission Hill, South Dakota. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral on Monday.
Pallbearers are his nephews: Barry Van Osdel, Brad Van Osdel, Ben Van Osdel, Mike Petersen, Robert Petersen and Lynn Petersen. Honorary pallbearers are his nieces: Joanne Van Osdel, Judy Van Osdel, Jackie Becker, Carolyn Burgod, Cathy Burke, Dee Munsch and Janet Moenning.
Clifford was born November 11, 1926 in rural Irene, South Dakota to John and Gina (Eide) Petersen. He attended Clay Valley country school and then started working as a hired man for several area farmers. Clifford eventually moved back to the family farm and continued farming with his brothers until 2012. He then moved to Avera Yankton Care Center sharing a room with his brother, Johnny. Clifford loved fishing, horses and going to farm auctions.
Clifford is survived by his brother, Johnny Petersen of Yankton; sister-in-law, Jane Petersen of Gayville, SD; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Kenneth, Orlin and Melvin Petersen; and two sisters: Eilene Van Osdel and Grace Johnson.
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Rest in peace, Clifford. You were so kind to me the summer we lived on the farm, saddling the black and white horse, Prince. My own technique never made the saddle cinch tight enough. One evening you even stayed with my brother John and me when my parents were out with friends. I remembers we watched "The Beverly Hillbillies." Your kind soul will not be forgotten. My sympathy especially to Jane, Carolyn, Cathy and Mike. Hope you are fishing joyfully with Kenny!
So sorry to the family for your loss. I met Clifford through my inlaws and got to visit with him frequently at farm auctions when he would come into the lunch bus and cool off. He loved his pie. May he rest in peace.
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