CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- LaVern M. "Pete" Petersen, 77, died at Tri Valley Assisted Living on Monday (Sept. 13, 2010).
He was born in Cambridge on June 22, 1933, to Elmer C. and Gladys (Estergard) Petersen. Pete grew up on the farm north of Cambridge. He attended and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1952.
He was united in marriage to Margaret "Margie" Lockenour on Oct. 1, 1956. To this union three children were born: Jill, Suzanne and Mike.
Pete served his country in the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the American Legion Post of Cambridge.
He and Margie ran the Jack and Jill market in Cambridge and Oxford for many years. He operated the Cambridge Locker, managed the Holdrege Elks Club, Broken Bow Country Club and owned and operated the Town Talk Restaurant. Pete was an excellent cook and was known for his prime rib dinners. Upon retirement to keep himself busy, he helped mow at the Cross Creek Golf Course in Cambridge.
Pete enjoyed the fishing and hunting, entertaining and cooking for friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene; and an infant sister, Caroline.
He is survived by his two daughters, Jill and husband, Ken Edgmon of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Suzanne Day of Phoenix, Arizona; son, Mike Petersen of Kearney, Nebraska; brother, Jerry Petersen and wife, Anastasia of Cambridge; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Thursday, 10 a.m., with Bill Weaver officiating. Interment is in the Fairview Cemetery of Cambridge. Military Honors will be conducted graveside by the American Legion Post.
Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Fund.
Friends may leave online condolences at lockenour.com.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.