Roy E. ‘Gunny’ Petersen, 75, formerly of New Buffalo Rd., Negaunee, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, April 24, 2019 at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
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Gunny was born December 22, 1943 in Butte, MT, to Roy and Francis (Kingsbury) Petersen and graduated from Bessemer High School, Class of 1961. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1963 until his honorable discharge in 1966. Following his service to his county, Gunny worked at the Empire Mine for many years, until illness forced him to retire in July, 1989.
Mr. Petersen was a former member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, USWA #1492, the Easy Does It Motorcycle Club, the Marquette County Harley Davidson owners group and was a life member of the NRA. He was also a past member of the Negaunee Eagles Club and the Negaunee Rod & Gun Club.
In his spare time, he enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions, and playing BINGO and telling his jokes and ‘true stories’ to all his friends at the Jacobetti.
Surviving are his two daughters, Kristine ‘Krissy’ Petersen and her husband, Scott Fendley of Ellensburg, WA and Katharine ‘Kate’ Petersen of Chassell.
Memorial services will be held this summer, with date and time to be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.