The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 17, 2014

Roger E. Petersen

Sept. 9, 1928 – March 16, 2014

CLINTON — Roger E. Petersen, 85, of Clinton, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at his home in Clinton.

A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Springdale Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the Clinton AMVETS Post #28. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, David and Drew Lakin, Noah Buikema, nephews, Dr. Michael Petersen and Mark Petersen, and Mark Vulich. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory. Online condolences may be expressed by visting his obituary at

Roger was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Victor and Irene (Bronenkant) Petersen. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1946 and was in the US Army for 2 years, serving as a Sergeant First Class in the engineers during the Korean conflict from Oct. 1950 to Oct. 1952.

He married Jeanette Gehrmann, January 26, 1957, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clinton. They have four daughters that all worked at Clinton Printing.

Roger was a line-o-type operator at the Clinton Herald for 11 years before he started Clinton Printing in 1960 with his wife Jeanette as a partner. He retired from Clinton Printing in 1991, but continued part time making signs until 2011. He enjoyed riding his bike every day up until the summer of 2011. He had his first triple by-pass when he was 49.

He delivered Mobile Meals every Thursday for almost 20 years and was a volunteer driver for the Savanna Amvets, taking veterans to the Iowa City hospitals for many years. He was a former member of Kiwanis where he enjoyed picking up debris downtown every Saturday morning. He was a member of the YMCA Y’s Men, he served on city boards for zoning and traffic study and was active in SCORE, Senior Core of Retired Executives, counselors to America’s Small Business.

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