Paul Petersen

Paul Petersen

Paul A. Petersen of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Friday, August 23, 2013.  Paul was born December 18, 1949 in Kalamazoo to Robert and Louwina (Dykehouse) Petersen.

For 30 years Paul had been employed with Meijers and for 15 years with Parker-Hannifin. Paul enjoyed golfing, his dog and tinkering. He loved being with his family, friends and especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife Ann Marie (Gilligan) Petersen; a daughter, Sheila (Mike) Howard of Quakertown, PA, a son, Todd Petersen of Plainwell; 4 grandchildren, Jacob, Ryan, Samantha and Tim; 4 brothers, Russ (Genevieve) Dykehouse of New Mexico, Robert (Georgia) Petersen of Kalamazoo, Dave (Kathi) Petersen of Kalamazoo, Dennis (Karen) Petersen of Vicksburg; brother-in-law, Jim (Carleen) Gilligan of Plainwell; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Bernie and Deb Deaton, Glenn and Kim Merica and countless other friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial visitation will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013, from 4 to 7pm at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for Paul may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. Becky and Russ Deaton says:

    We are shocked and saddened by Pauls sudden passing. God Bless all who loved and knew him.

  2. Sherry & Mike Hanson says:

    Ann, Sheila and Todd & family,

    Our hearts are so sad to hear about Paul – we loved being neighbors and have such fond memories of West Hammond St. – and Paul was such a part of that. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mike and Sherry Hanson

  3. Lori Snyder-Steele says:

    Ann and family my thoughts and prays go out to all of you at this heart breaking time. Always remember the special and fun times you all had. They will help you thought the hard times ahead. Thinking of you all.

  4. Dee Krcatovich says:

    Annie and family, Words can’t even begin to express the sadness I feel for you and your family in the passing of Paul. My heart is so heavy wishing I could some how help with the pain you are suffering. I only met Paul a few times, but he seemed like such a gentle soul. Ann, your love for Paul was so apparent. You will always carry him in your heart and have wonderful memories to hold on to until you meet again. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you my friend. My condolences and much love, Dee

  5. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Ann ,and Family,
    We shall miss Paul! He always had a smile on his face and was so fun to be around! We shall pray for all of you and please know that Paul is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you! May your memories of Paul sustain you! Love to you all!

  6. Ron and Carol Roeder and family says:

    Ann and family, We were so sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. When we were kids he always made everyone laugh! He had a great sense of humour even as a child. My Mom and Dad told me stories about some of his antics when he was only a little boy, He loved to imitate Jackie Gleason!. It is nice to be remembered in such a loving way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Carol

  7. Ed Arbut says:

    Remembering many good times in our youth as cousins, aunts and uncles gathered together. Rest in peace, Paul….deep sympathy to all the family.

    Ed and Mary

  8. Debbie Anderson says:

    Annie I have been thinking about you and your family so very much these last few days. I wished I had words to take away the hurt and pain you are all feeling right now. Hold onto your memories of Paul and that will help sustain you through the days to come. Always remember the good times and lean on each other for strength. You are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy and love, Deb

  9. Dan and Leslie Butcher says:

    Our hearts hurt for your family. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Jim and Debbie Miller says:

    Ann, Shelia and Todd,
    We want to express our sympathy to you all over Paul’s passing. Just as our children grew up together, we grew up together as parents. Ann, you and Paul were sort of adoptive parents to a lot of boys from the OHS class of 1995. Paul’s graciousness, generousity and kindness was an example and a blessing to the boys and the parents. Paul had an incredible wit and sense of humor that always left us with a smile on our faces whenever we crossed paths with him over the years.

    All those who encountered him during his time on earth were enhanced by the experience. We will be celebrating Paul’s legacy and thanking God for bringing him to us and sharing him with us for all these years.

    We will be thinking about you and praying for you in the difficult times to come. Your loss is our loss, your grief is our grief.

    Love, Jim and Debbie Miller

  11. Agnes Vanarsdal says:

    Ann my very deepest sympathy . Praying for you and all who loved Paul to have a abundance of Gods grace during this difficult time.

    Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal

  12. Chris Porter says:

    To The Petersen Family,

    My prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Paul will remain in my memories as a good friend and a great man. I will miss so many things about him, especially his sense of humor. I am very fortunate to have known a great man like him.

  13. Michele Smith says:

    Our family would like to offer our deepest condolences for Paul’s passing. My girls and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Ann, Jessie and Kacie remember you fondly and wanted you to know they were thinking of you in this difficult time. Cherish the memories and draw family and friends closer.

  14. karen powers says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Pauls family durning this difficult time. Paul sense of humor always lightened our days at work and made you laught on your worse day. his artistis way of personal birthday card for his co-worker will forever be remembered and for those of us who still have a paulmark card he will forever remain close to us. He will forever be missed by us all……

  15. Mary Dixon says:

    Wow! I am deep in thoughts, very sadden Paul was a good person me personally have seen all the good sides of him never ever seen a frown on his face i done work with him for many years, I am heart broken, torn apart of his sudden death. My thoughts & Prayers to his Wife, Children, Grandchildren & his Family at a time of grieve. We all at Parker & Hannifin are grieving too. To his Wife You will always be in our Prayers. I am so sadden just asking for strength for all of us to stay strong it’s hard. MY PRAYERS & CONDOLENCE TO PAUL’S FAMILY. Mary Dixon

  16. Roy Sharp says:

    Roy Sharp say; Goodbye to a old friend.See you on the other side

  17. Nancy Jager says:

    I am in shock just finding out the news of Paul’s passing. Ann my thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul was a very dear friend to me when we worked at Meijers together . And after I left , and we would meet at a local pub ,or good old Plainwell days we would always relive the past and catch up on recent events. I will always remember his smile and that that quick wit that we all loved.

  18. Bob & Roberta Miles says:

    Ann sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
    Bob miles

  19. GArry and Terri Parrish says:

    Ann and family, We’re so sorry to hear about Paul . Our Deepest Sympathy and Prays go out to you . I worked with Paul for years at Parker and what i remember is his SMILE, you never seen him with out that big oh smile. He will be saddly missed.

  20. Glenn Jr and Tanya Merica says:

    Ann and family: Very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. We are thinking of you and praying that you find comfort in the many wonderful memories that he gave you. God bless…

  21. Kim Lewis says:

    I Am SO Sincerely sorry for YOUR Loss & mine @ Parker.., Paul has been such a Fun,funny guy to work with & to know…, ALWAYS looked forward to see him coming into work… He ALWAYS made ME laugh or at least smile… A Great Blessing to have known him.. I WILL ALWAYS Remember him as A GREAT, WONDERFUL Guy with TONS of Love for his Wife & Family… Most of ALL, He SO Loves His Grandkids… Praying for ALL… <3

  22. Justin Steele says:

    Paul was a great person. He always had a great story or joke to tell when I saw him. I always looked forward to chatting with him. Thanks for all the good times. He will be greatly missed.

  23. Kelly Longest says:

    Mrs Peterson, as our bus driver..we never forget your kindness to us. It sounds like your husband also left that same lastingimpression .My dad used to work with your husband years ago at Meijer. Possibly all the way back to Douglas Meijer, in the 70’s. His name is Bill.Your husband & my father also worked with Brian Stapert, whom both are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Just know all of our families are praying for you at this time! Deepest Sympathy!

  24. Tammy Bailey says:

    My most sincere condolences to the entire family. Paul will be remembered for his ever-smiling face and his being a true gentleman. It was not until his loss that I came to realize that Paul was a dear friend of my sister and brother-in-law, as well (Gary and Joy Chase), whom he worked with at Meijer. They, too, have nothing but great things to say about Paul and his character.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this very difficult time.

  25. The Betts Family says:

    Petersen Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.

  26. Arlene Wykstra says:

    Ann, I just ran across Paul’s obituary! I am so shocked! I had no idea. I just wanted to say how sorry I am. Working with Paul at Parker Pump was so much fun! God blessed him with a great sense of humor and wit! He always talked so sweet about you too! You have my sympathy Ann! 11/25/13

  27. Skip O'Dell says:

    To the family of Paul Petersen,

    My sincere condolences to you. I just learned of Paul’s passing. Paul was a close and dear friend of mine in grade school through high school. We lived a block from each other. He was a great guy and a true friend and I will never forget him.

    ~Skip O’Dell, Seattle, WA
    US Army Retired

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