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August 28, 1934 - April 11, 2024

In loving memory ~

Vernon Arthur Petersen passed away peacefully at the Creston Valley Hospital, on April 11, 2024, at the age of 89 years.

Vernon was born August 28, 1934, to Art and Ina Petersen in Strathmore, Alberta. In 1942 they moved to Creston and bought the Spratt farm, which is presently Hawkview Estates. After graduating from Prince Charles Secondary School in 1952 he attended Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta in the agricultural program.

After college he worked with Jim Griffith on road construction and farming for Alf Berg on Nick's Island and also farming on the home farm.

On January 26, 1955, he married Carole Street. They had three children Trevor, Kirk, and Cheryl. He settled into working steady with his father mostly farming and doing a little logging in Petersen Creek a tributary of Kidd Creek. After his father's early death he took over farming on his own. He did commercial hay sales, had a cow/calf operation and then a small feedlot. After quitting farming to semi-retire he worked for Comfort Welding when they ran the Esso card lock and also worked for Vic Hedland driving a gravel truck.

In 2008 they subdivided and sold the property to the Hawkview developers and eventually bought a home in town, then 2019 moved to Independent Living in Crestview where he remained.

In retirement, they spent many winters in Yuma, Arizona with many friends from Creston. Many new friends were also made, and they spent many hours socializing, golfing, and enjoying the warm winters.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed fly fishing, and sports including hockey, curling, and golf. In high school and college, he was a member of their sports teams. He was a long-time member of Creston's senior hockey team, the "Del Mac's". He enjoyed riding horses and used his horse to work his cattle. He was a member of the local model airplane club, building, crashing, and rebuilding many airplanes.

Vern will be lovingly remembered by children Trevor Petersen, Kirk (Tracy) Petersen, Cheryl (Robin) Habart, 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at Crestview who became his extended family and the nurses who cared for him at the Creston Valley Hospital.

A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the charity of their choice.

 Creston Valley Funeral Services