Eugene (Gene) Petersen left this life surrounded by his family at his home in Cave Creek, Arizona on August 3, 2022. Husband, father, grandfather and devoted friend, he was born on February 8, 1937 in Sioux City, Iowa of parents, Marvin and Emma Peterson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Pauline Petersen, son Jon Petersen (Shelleigh), daughters Cathy Banovac (Rocky) and Karen Zoerb (Brad), grandchildren Craig Hernandez (Brooke), Dustin Hernandez (Stephanie), Zach Petersen (Casey), Brooks Petersen, Austin Zoerb, Mackenzie Zoerb, great-grandchildren Wyatt Hernandez, Gavin Hernandez, Aubrey Hernandez, Ariana Hernandez and Tripp Petersen, plus a host of members of the extended family loved and appreciated. Gene was predeceased by his parents and eldest son, Jeffery Petersen. Gene spent his early childhood in Aurelia, Iowa and came to live in Phoenix with his parents during his teenage years. He graduated from West High School and later attended Arizona State University. Having worked in the automotive industry for most of his adult life, Gene retired in 1995 from Courtesy Chevrolet as Service Manager, a position he held for 30 years. After he retired, no grass grew under his feet. Gene lived his life to the fullest doing the things he loved the most, such as working on household projects and restoring numerous classic cars and trucks, many of which won top prizes in various car show categories. He liked to be near or on the water. He was an avid boater and a member of the Phoenix Power Squadron boat club where he was inducted as a squadron commander in 1991. Over the years he later developed a passion for model trains. He made a room-sized tabletop replica of his childhood hometown with mountains, tunnels, streams, downtown businesses, local municipalities, and a railroad and train station. fully functional HO Scale Santa Fe yard. Prior to his passing, he had started a second, smaller-scale train table in his garage. In his spare time (lol), Gene liked to work on puzzles and watch old westerns. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. A celebration of life will be held in his honor at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary & Cemetery, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., with a reception immediately following the ceremony. The family would like to especially acknowledge and thank Holly, Jen and Robert of Desert Valley Hospice & Palliative Care for their compassion and loving care. For those who wish to remember Gene in a special way, gifts may be made in his memory to Desert Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 11225 North 28th Drive, Suite D112, Phoenix, AZ 85029 www.desertvalleyhospice.com OR The Arizona Humane Society at azhumane.org, Phoenix, Arizona.
Posted August 14, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic