John (“Jack”) Eugene Petersen was reborn into eternal life June 10, 2022 in Aurora, Colorado.
He was born on December 14, 1937, in Adair, Iowa to his late mother, Ellagene Petersen (Alcorn), who later married Frank Green. He spent some of his childhood there with his brother, Jerry Petersen, and his sister, Doris Petersen (Synovec) before moving to Denver. He attended South High School and graduated in 1956. He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Petersen (McCray), on July 28, 1956, and moved to Castle Rock, Colorado in 1969. Then they relocated to Green Valley, Arizona, from 2002 to 2013, before finally settling down in Aurora, Colorado.
Before settling down with his wife, Jack served 2 years in the Navy (1956-1958). He gave everything he had to his service and gave nothing short of everything for the protection of his country. Jack was a hard-working and dedicated husband and father. He spent 30 years in Castle Rock, raising his three children and several animals on 10 acres of property in Yucca Hills for about 10 years. He was even featured in Life Magazine when his company was named one of the pioneers of the 40-hour work week. In about 1977, they relocated to a 40-acre ranch where he worked tirelessly for his kids to thrive and learn hard work. During his life on the ranch, he was a dedicated employee of Norgren for 40 years, and his brother started a tile company called Southwestern Tile and Imports. He soon joined the adventure, and they eventually expanded the business, recruiting his mother, his wife, and his two sons.
He was able to graciously balance a home life of ranch work, Norgren affairs, and the start-up of a family-owned tile company. He always made time for others, and never failed to be their biggest support system. He was known for his extravagant 4th of July parties and was always quick with a joke. It wasn’t a family gathering unless he had whipped up his most requested dish, potato salad. He was a huge Colorado professional sports fan, but always had a soft spot for the Denver Broncos. He purchased season tickets in 1966, and they have been passed down through the family ever since.
Jack is survived by his wife, Betty Petersen and his 3 children: Tina Petersen (Bond, Husband- James Bond)), Bryan Petersen (wife- Diana Petersen) of Centennial, and Ty Petersen (wife- Karen Petersen) of Parker. He also survived by 5 grandchildren. Despite it all, he was nothing short of a mentor and a wonderful shoulder to lean on. He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
A memorial ceremony will be held on the 24th of June, starting at 2pm, at Newcomer Funeral Home. Following the traditional ceremony will be a military burial tribute on the 1st of July at Ft. Logan Military Cemetery at 1:30 pm.
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