106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
NEGAUNEE, MI 49866
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561
ROY PETERSEN

ROY EUGENE "Gunny" PETERSEN

Wednesday, December 22nd, 1943 - Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
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Obituary

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.

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 at 11:00 am on Monday, July 29th at the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans Chapel, with Rev. Nicholas Cammarata officiating. Interment will be in the Negaunee Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends for one hour prior to services at the Jacobetti chapel on Monday.

Gunny’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans Chapel
    Address
    425 Fisher St.
    Marquette, MI 49866
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  • Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans Chapel
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Officiant
    Rev. Nicholas Cammarata

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Dennis Koski jr

Posted at 01:09am
While I was growing up, the neighborhood was becoming a little stagnant. Then low and behold, this couple moved in at the end of our street with an overpowering attitude, charm, laughter and free will. It was incredible and refreshing. This man did not care what anyone thought of him or their opinions of his life style. He enjoyed his wife, his Harleys (Lady mainly), his biker friends, his shop, his dogs, his guns and his nieces and nephews. The man was incredibly gruff, but no one, was more genuine.
He would require you to make a decision. If he asked you if you wanted something to drink, don’t say “I don’t care”, that meant no and you didn’t get anything. He would call you “mope” or a “goofy pot licker”. It was not mean but sincerity. Or his 5th grade jokes that were endless.
I cut their grass, chopped their wood, moved and stacked their wood and shoveled their side walk. He taught me how to shoot guns and load ammo. He would take me out and half load the weapon so I would learn not to flinch and anticipate the trigger squeeze. We would become good friends and neighbors. As I got older, we would talk all the time, all the way up to when I left for the Army.
As life passes, you unfortunately drift away and create your own family in a different location and don’t make it home as often as you should. The next thing you know, it is too late and you are stuck with “I will make it for a visit”. Now it is too late.
I am not saying I think of him all the time, but certain things I do in my life, I know has his hand writing all over it and it always makes me smile or chuckle. As I say to myself “goofy pot licker” You will always be remembered you crazy individual and never forgotten. Thank you for always being you!! Roy Petersen…definitely one of a kind.

Sincerely
Dennis Koski Jr
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MLR

Posted at 05:47pm
My sincere condolences to the family of Roy Eugene Petersen. May you be comforted by your thoughts and memories of your loved one and God’s promise to “wipe out every tear from people’s eyes” and “make death go away forever” (Revelation 21:4). With deepest sympathy. Rest In Peace Gunny.
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