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Arnold Glenn Petersen, 80, of Varna passed away at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 1, 2013, in his home.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lenz Memorial Home, Lacon. The Rev. Casey Taylor will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow the service at the Salem No. 2 Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by Magnolia American Legion.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services in the funeral home. Masonic rites will be at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.
Mr. Petersen was born March 25, 1932, in rural La Salle County to the late Austin Glenn and Adele Louise (Hoffman) Petersen. He married Florence McCall on Nov. 5, 1955, in Belleview, Mo.; they later divorced.
Arnold was a 1949 graduate of Varna High School. He farmed briefly with his parents until he joined the U.S. Army in 1952, serving during the Korean Conflict with the 3rd Infantry Division, 7th Regiment. After his discharge in 1954, he continued farming in the Varna area. Later in life Arnold worked for Peoria Tube and Forming and managed Peoria Skeet and Trap Club.
Arnold was a life member of Magnolia American Legion Post 254 for more than 50 years. He was a life member of VFW and Disabled Veterans of America Chapter 18. He served on the board of Varna Farmers Cooperative and served as president for one year. He was a member of Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau and was a trustee of Roberts Township. He was a Master Mason of Magnolia Masonic Lodge 103.
Arnold was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be greatly missed.
He is survived by three daughters, Christie (Jeff) Gonigam-Maas, Annette (John) Lionberger and Mary Ann Strong, all of Lacon; four grandchildren, Jeremy Gonigam of Bloomington, Matthew Strong of Lacon, Tanner Strong of Lacon and Ailsa Lionberger of Lacon; one brother, Allan (Kathy) Petersen of Varna; and his special friend, June Farrar of Toluca.
Online condolences may be expressed at ww.lenz
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