Donald Petersen


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Posted Online: Feb. 25, 2014, 8:01 pm
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Donald F. Petersen, 92, of Moline, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Evangelical Free Church, Moline. Burial is at the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be presented. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to First Evangelical Free Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.
Donald Frank Petersen was born July 14, 1921, in Westbrook, Minn., the son of Walter and Helen Peters Petersen. He married Eula "Jean" Boyles on Dec. 16, 1944, in San Diego, Calif.
He graduated from Davenport High School in 1939 and Montana State University in 1950. Don was ranked first in the engineering college graduating class and was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies.
He was employed as a mechanical engineer by General Electric Company, as an aircraft gas turbine test engineer and Rock Island Arsenal Rodman Laboratories as chief of towed artillery research and development. Don received the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal during his employment at Rodman Laboratories. He was a member of the board of consultants of the University of Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research. He retired from the Rock Island Arsenal in 1973, after 30 years of military and government employment.
Don served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a member of First Evangelical Free Church, Moline, and a charter member of Mill Creek Country Club, Milan. He enjoyed playing golf, bridge and fishing with his friend, Dan Galusha.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 70 years, Jean; son, Gary L. Petersen, Moline; grandson, Randy (Sandy) Petersen, Normal, Ill.; granddaughters, Amy (Jim) Sandberg, Troy, Mo., and Ashley Petersen, Seattle, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Abby and Kayla Petersen and Benjamin Sandberg; his brother, Duane Petersen, Davenport; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and stepfather, Herman Otzen.
Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.












 




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