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John H. "Heinie" Petersen
July 9, 1919–June 3, 2010
John H. "Heinie" Petersen, 90, of Wyoming, formerly of Delhi, Iowa, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at the Monticello Nursing & Rehab Center, Monticello, Iowa.
A celebration of his life service was held on Monday, June 7, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, with Pastor Bob Wessels officiating.
Family and friends called on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming.
Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa, with military honors accorded by the Wyoming American Legion Post #259.
John was born July 9, 1919 in Center Junction, Iowa, son of John M. and Bertha (Reese) Petersen. He graduated in 1937 from Wyoming High School in Wyoming. He married Darlene Jane (Day) in 1946 in Nashua, Iowa. She died in 1961. He later married Verna Hansen on June 5, 1971 in Clarence, Iowa.
Heinie served in the U. S. Army as a Tank Commander 1st Lieutenant during WWII. As platoon leader during the Battle of the Bulge, he led four tanks and thirty-two men into combat. He also served during the Normandy Invasion. He earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.
Heinie had farmed in Jones County and was Wyoming Postmaster for twenty-seven years, retiring in 1986. After retiring, they moved to Delhi for twelve years.
He was a member of the Zion American Lutheran Church, Past Commander of Wyoming American Legion Post #259, helped developed Little Bear Golf Course, and served on the Wyoming Cemetery Board.
Survivors are his wife, Verna Petersen of Wyoming; a son, Steven Petersen of Walford; a step-daughter, Jill Foster of Erie, Illinois; one grandson, Bryan Petersen of St. Louis, Missouri; two step-grandchildren, Ryan and Jessica Foster of Illinois; one sister, Emma Bepler of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and one brother, Robert "Bud" (Naomilee) Petersen of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Ann died in 2002, a son at birth, his first wife, his parents and two sisters.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 11 June 2010

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