Kenneth A. Petersen
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Kenneth A. Petersen, age 90, of Gayville, South Dakota died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at his residence, in Gayville.

Memorial services will be 2:00 PM, on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Gayville Lutheran Church in Gayville, South Dakota with Reverend Lance Lindgren officiating. Burial will be in the Vangen Lutheran Cemetery in Mission Hill, South Dakota with military honors provided by the Rudolph-Christensen American Legion Post No. 237 and the South Dakota Army National Guard. A gathering of friends and family is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Kenneth A. Petersen was born September 25, 1923 in rural Irene, South Dakota to John and Gina (Eide) Petersen. He grew up on the farm and attended Clay Valley Country School in rural Irene. After finishing school, Kenneth worked as a hired man for many area farmers, until he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served his country during World War II. After the war, Kenneth returned to Yankton County and started farming on his own just north of Mission Hill, South Dakota. He married Jane VanOsdel on June 12, 1949 in Gayville, South Dakota. Kenneth continued farming in the Mission Hill and Irene areas and began working as a mechanic for C.H. Gunderson & Sons in Irene, Kenny Rye's in Irene, and later Odens Implement in Vermillion. Kenneth retired in 1998 and he and Jane moved to Gayville that year. Even though Kenneth was working as a mechanic, he was always a farmer and continued to farm his entire life.

Kenneth was a member of Vangen Lutheran Church where he ushered for several years, Gayville Lutheran Church, and the Rudolph-Christensen American Legion Post No. 237. He loved being outdoors and fishing. He was very patient and loved working as a mechanic. He could fix anything. He loved being with his family, whether it was playing pinochle or having his coffee and cookie. Kenneth was truly the foundation of his family and they always knew he would be there to support them.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jane Petersen of Gayville; three children: Carolyn Burgod of Ipswich, South Dakota; Cathy Burke (Robin Keller) of Sacramento, California; and Mike Petersen of Gayville; four grandchildren: Courtney Burgod, Danielle Petersen, Jonathan Petersen (Olivia Orwig), and Tad Petersen; two brothers: Johnny and Clifford Petersen of Yankton; two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Petersen and Dolores VanOsdel; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Grace Johnson and Eilene VanOsdel; and two brothers: Melvin and Orlin Petersen.

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Dear Aunt Jane, Carolyn, Cathy, Michael & family

Our heartfelt sympathy on your loss. We ask our Heavenly Father to give you His Peace. To Uncle Kenny " fair winds and a following sea"

With our Love Lynn, Nancy, Tanya, Jim, Brian & Julie

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family of Kenneth Petersen. Harlan & Lynette Heitz have been teachers with Carolyn at Ipswich High School for many years. We pray that God will surround your family at this time of separation from Kenneth. May God be with all of you as a family.

Harlan & Lynette Heitz


So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing! Prayers to your entire family!

Sandy Barkley (Nelson)

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and Ken.

dave and gigi healy

So sorry to read about Kenny. Such a special man. He so enjoyed my Jocelynn at Vangen when he would usher. She will be 28 tomorrow Bless you and your three kids.

Lynette Snoozy-Sierra Vista, AZ

Condolences, prayers and love to all of the family. Kenny was a caring and wonderful man. So blessed to have him in my life and the lives of my children.

Clarissa Kaiser

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.

Scott Smith

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