Johnny Petersen
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Johnny Petersen, age 88, of Yankton, South Dakota, formerly of Volin, South Dakota, died on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 2:00 pm at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Vicar Mary Hendricks Wilkens officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial of the cremated remains will be at the Vangen Cemetery in Mission Hill, South Dakota with military honors provided by the Rudolph Christensen American Legion Post 237 and the South Dakota Army National Guard.

Johnny was born on June 7, 1928 in rural Irene, South Dakota to John and Gina (Eide) Petersen. He attended Clay Valley Country School in rural Irene and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict from March 15, 1951 to March 14, 1953. After his military service he returned to the family farm in the Volin - Mission Hill area where he farmed all of his life with his brother Clifford. He had been a resident of the Care Center since 2012.

Johnny was a member of the Vangen Lutheran Church in Mission Hill and served on the Vangen Lutheran Cemetery board. He was always willing to help anyone in need and over the years did a lot of corn shelling. Johnny was a master at fixing things, whether it was welding farm machinery, overhauling one of his tractors or doing plumbing and carpentry work around the house, he could do it all. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, 2 cylinder John Deere tractors and spending time with his family.

Johnny is survived by a sister-in-law, Jane Petersen of Gayville, South Dakota; 13 nieces and nephews, Dee and Bud Munsch, Carolyn Burgod, Cathy Burke, Mike Petersen, Robert and Ardie Petersen, Lynn and Nancy Petersen, Janet and Derald Moenning, Joanne Van Osdel, Judy Van Osdel, Ben and Cindy Van Osdel, Jackie and Brian Becker, Brad and Anessa Van Osdel and Barry and Janine Van Osdel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, Kenneth, Orlin, Clifford and Melvin Petersen, 2 sisters, Grace Johnson and Eilene Van Osdel and a nephew, Ron Johnson.




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The words "Doesn't get any Better" is not enough to describe Johnny Petersen. His farm and my dads farm two miles apart. Always a smile on his face and never did I hear a cuss word from him as I knew him from a child. He cut silage for my dad (Luvern Swensen and my uncle Earl Svendsen and much more. Always there to help during a disaster or when a neighbor was sick or injured. He helped cultivate corn when my dad had a brain tumor (1986) along with many other neighbors, but Johnny was always special as he stood out from everyone else.. Always a kind word always a story about his parents as his dad was my grandfathers hired man and we are related going back a few generations.. Many army stories as I served during Vietnam and he during Korea. Many times I would go to see him in the nursing home and I had to leave because I was in tears as it was so difficult to see him as he was always active always doing something all his life.. He was like the older brother I never had. All of us his family and mine Danes from Denmark. Dad and Johnny would say "You can always tell a Dane you just can not tell him too much"

Gary Swensen/Svendsen....Yankton, S.D.

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