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Pete Petersen



Pete C. Petersen, 62, of Goldendale died on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at OHSU in Portland.

Pete was born on Feb. 22, 1948 in Yakima, to August and Shirley (Canonica) Petersen. He lived his entire childhood in Yakima, graduating from Eisenhower High School in 1966. Shortly thereafter he entered the Army and served proudly during the Vietnam War.

Returning home after serving his time in the Army, he met Diane Hamil and they were married on Aug. 8, 1970 in Selah. They made their home in Selah until moving to Goldendale in December of 1971 where he worked at the aluminum plant near the John Day Dam until its closure in May 2003 after which he went back to college and received an Associates Degree in Finance. They had two children, a son Michael and a daughter Crystal.

He was preceded in death by his parents August and Shirley Petersen, and by his mother-in-law Carrie Hamil. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Diane; his son Michael of Lake Stevens, his daughter Crystal of Vancouver; three grandchildren Chelsey, Spencer and Trevor; four brothers, Vern (Tammy) of Vancouver; Harry, Chris and Melvin of Yakima; four sisters, Helen (Bud) Canatsey of Yakima, Josie Coplan of California, Edith and Elsie of Tacoma; sisters-in-law Gwen (Dave) Pedersen of Goldendale and Charlotte (Dave) Belisle of Denver; brothers-in-law Jim (Kathy) Hamil of Seattle and Charles (Diana) Hamil of Selah; Aunt Pauline and Uncle Wray; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pete was a life member of the American Legion in Goldendale where he and Diane enjoyed many happy times, he especially loved to call Bingo every Thursday night at the Legion. He enjoyed their many road trips spent with special friends Tim and Linda Simmons of Goldendale, and his many special talks with his brother Vern. He also enjoyed watching sports, especially football and baseball, as he was an avid Seahawk and Mariner fan. He was most happy when he was among his family, wife Diane, children Michael and Crystal and his pride and joys, his grandchildren Chelsey, Spencer and Trevor.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. in Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale. Interment will be in the Mt. View Cemetery Legion Section with military honors by the Army and Louis Leidl Post 116.


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