Everett Kie Petersen, age 77, died Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City from COVID-19. Everett was born on August 30, 1942 in Harlan, Iowa. He was the youngest of Allen and Clara (Juhl) Petersen's four sons and was raised on a farm near Irwin. Everett graduated from Irwin High School in 1961 and graduated from Dana College in Blair, NE, in 1966 with a degree in sociology. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and attended Officer Candidate School. During his tour in Vietnam, he reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant with the 101st Airborne Division and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received in combat.
On February 28, 1970, he married Doreen Reding at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sioux City. Everett graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in 1972 and worked for the state as a social worker for many years. In 1975, Everett and Doreen moved to a farm near Latimer to raise their children. Everett eventually began farming full time and received the Iowa Master Pork Producer Award in 1988.
Everett was a devoted husband and father who loved attending his children's activities and coached many of their youth ball teams. Everett was an avid reader of history, an astute follower of politics, and passionate about his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. During his retirement years, he and Doreen traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including trips to Denmark, Russia, Vietnam, Italy, and Turkey. Everett also cherished family visits at the Petersen and Reding family reunions.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents, brothers John and Peter Petersen, and sister-in-law Pamela Petersen. Survivors include Doreen; son Christopher of North Plains, OR; daughter Cara (David Ricksecker) of Washington, DC; grandchildren Caden Petersen, Phoebe Ricksecker, and Samuel Ricksecker; brother Roger of Blair, NE; sisters-in-law Shirley Petersen of Canyon, TX, and Barbara Petersen of Irwin, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Food Bank of Iowa, P.O. Box 1517, Des Moines, IA, 50305, www.foodbankiowa.org, or the Alzheimer's Association, www.alz.org. And Everett would want you to vote in November.
Cards of condolences may be sent to Everett's family at Sietsema Vogel Funeral Home, PO Box 403, Hampton, IA, 50441.
Services will be held at a later date with burial in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, rural Adel, Iowa.
Played basketball with him at Irwin, great guy who was loved his teams and was a great competitor!
Our sympathy to Doreen and family in the loss of Everett. We enjoyed knowing him while attending Dana College and at get togethers with his family members that live in Blair.
I was so sorry to hear the sad news, Doreen. Sandee just told me Monday. So good you were able to FaceTime near the end. I know you have many good memories. Take care. You have my condolences. Love, Sandy
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and family! Mike and Carla Oleson
Our sympathy to you and your family, Doreen, Craig and Mary Lou Semler
Oh, Doreen, I just learned of Everett's passing and am so saddened by it. You and your family have my sympathy and will remain in my prayers for God to give you peace and comfort during your time of grieving. My memory of Everett is especially that of being his lab partner in our high school physics class. We were working on an experiment about electricity and he was relentless in noticing how stupid I was about electricity. He teased me a lot! I considered him to be a good friend and an all-around-good person. I know that I and my classmates will really miss him and I know we all have good memories of him. Take care of yourself, Doreen. You are a special person!
I just found out now. Doreen, I am so grateful that I knew Ev, he was always friendly and caring and he will me missed by many. The short time I was with him, when I picked him up that day how loving he was for you. No doubt about it, he loved you Doreen. Prayers and hugs for you and your children. I am sorry. He was a wonderful man and I know God has a special place for him.. God's blessings.
Doreen and children just wanted you to know how very sorry I am for the loss of Evertt. Always enjoyed visiting with him. The first thing that came to mind when I heard of his passing was Darren always sad " Evertt Peterson is a very smart man." I always think when a person dies that God finely had Evertt's room ready in that Heavenly Mansion. Probably had Hawkeye and Cubs memorabilia all over. Take care of yourselves. God Bless. Leanna Chipp Barvinek
Doreen, Chris and Cara
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Scott and Becky Olk
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