Dr. Richard Allen Petersen

Dr. Richard Allen Petersen

FENTON, Iowa — A memorial visitation for Dr. Richard Allen Petersen, 74, of Fenton, Iowa, will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fenton, Iowa. Interment will be held at a later date in the church cemetery.

Dr. Richard Allen Petersen, the son of Roy and Darlene Petersen, was born Jan. 22, 1943, in Ringsted, Iowa. He passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at his home in Fenton, Iowa, at the age of 74.

He attended grade school in Ringsted, and later moved with his family to Fenton, where he graduated from high school.

On Jan, 26, 1963, Richard was united in marriage to Gloria Walker in Denver, Colorado, at Assembly of God Church. The couple began their marriage in Le Mars, Iowa, where he attended Westmar University for several years and received his teaching degree in Industrial Arts. The couple moved to Sioux City, Iowa, and Richard began teaching industrial arts. Their first son, Heath, was born while living in Sioux City, Iowa. He continued his teaching career in Kiester, Minnesota, where their second son, Matthew, was born. They then moved to Ringsted, Iowa, where their third son, Benjamin, was born. While in Ringsted, they owned and operated Petersen Furniture. Then the family relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he attended University of Western States and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Richard’s practice was located in Fairmont, Minnesota, for 30 years and then, in 2003, they retired in Fenton, Iowa.

He enjoyed restoring vintage automobiles and building computers. He thoroughly enjoyed talking with people who shared like interests with him, especially his three sons. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Fenton.

Left to cherish Richard’s memory are his wife, Gloria Petersen of Fenton, Iowa; his three sons, Heath Petersen and wife Shelia of Emmetsburg, Iowa, and Matthew Petersen of New Ulm and Benjamin Petersen and wife Krista of Worthington, Minnesota; five grandchildren Travis, Jesse, Olivia, Madeline and Tyson Petersen; one brother, Steve Petersen and his wife Jean of Pasadena, California; niece, Laura Petersen; and nephew, Craig Petersen.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Darlene Petersen.