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In Memory of

Dean Petersen

February 15, 1932 - March 10, 2017

Obituary


Dean Petersen passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 after 18 years of courageously fighting interstitial lung disease. He fought a good fight - well done good and faithful one. Dean was born on February 15, 1932 in Handy, Nebraska to Otto and Mildred Peterson. He was the youngest of four children. The family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1937 where he attended East High School before he entered the Navy. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1951-1954. Upon discharge from the Navy, he returned to Denver and met Glenis. Dean and Glenis were...

Dean Petersen passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 after 18 years of courageously fighting interstitial lung disease. He fought a good fight - well done good and faithful one. Dean was born on February 15, 1932 in Handy, Nebraska to Otto and Mildred Peterson. He was the youngest of four children. The family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1937 where he attended East High School before he entered the Navy. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1951-1954. Upon discharge from the Navy, he returned to Denver and met Glenis. Dean and Glenis were married on October 9, 1955.

Dean graduated in 1960 from Dana College in Blair, Nebraska with a degree in teaching. He and Glenis accepted an opportunity to serve as missionaries in Nigeria, Africa where he taught at Hillcrest Boarding School for missionary children. Upon return to the United States, he accepted a teaching position with Jefferson County Public Schools. Dean taught Social Studies at Everitt Junior High School from 1967 until his retirement in 1990. During his tenure with Everitt Junior High, he attended University of Northern Colorado and received his Master's Degree.

Following his retirement, he continued to serve by making two trips a year to the Rock Point Indian Mission in Arizona with a load of donated items for the children's school and health clinic. He made over 36,000 rolls of cloth bandages that he delivered to Minneapolis for the Global Health Ministries which helps third world countries.

Dean's retirement years were filled with many enjoyable Road Scholar courses and travel throughout the United States. Throughout his life, he enjoyed traveling, including Europe, Alaska, cruises and summer road trips with his daughters. He was an avid reader of history and current events and mastered technology including Facebook and texting his grandchildren. Dean enjoyed meeting new people and had many friends. Once he met you, he never forgot you. Dean also kept up with the many students he taught throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife Glenis, brother Calvin Petersen, three daughters and sons-in-law Liz and Les Burns, Naomi and Elmer Petro, and Becky and Steve Prien. He was a beloved grandfather and best friend to Dirk Burns, Katrina and Lydia Prien. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

A celebration of Dean's life will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Golden, Colorado. A luncheon will follow the service. Interment will be on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Society Bonell Community, Greeley, Colorado, Eben Ezer Nursing Home, Brush, Colorado or Faith Lutheran Church, Golden, Colorado.

Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, Cemetery & Arboretum, Wheat Ridge, CO.