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Leo D. Peterson
April 30, 1924–May 26, 2015
Leo D. Peterson, 91, of Olin passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Anamosa Care Center.
A celebration of his life was held on Friday May 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. A visitation was held on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. Burial was in the Olin Cemetery with military honors accorded by Olin American legion Blayney Miner Ahrendsen Post #412.
Leo D. Peterson was born April 30, 1924 in Decorah, Iowa, son of Albert and Hattie (Dinger) Peterson. He farmed with his father until his induction into the service in 1943 as a member of the 8th Air Force 357th Fighter Group in which he served as a Sergeant. He was stationed in England, France and Germany from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. Leo was one of the "Keep 'Em Flying" personnel commended when pilots shot down fifty-six German planes over Germany in one afternoon without a loss.
He was married to Ardella Harned at McGregor, Iowa on December 20, 1947. They were in the restaurant business for five years. He attended engineering school and was superintendent of maintenance for over thirty years for the Olin Consolidated Schools, retiring in 1988. He always had a special place in his heart for all of the students who attended the Olin schools.
He was a member of Morley United Methodist Church, the VFW, and the Olin American Legion Blayney Minor Ahrendsen Post #412. He was a volunteer with the Olin Fire Department for twenty years.
He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing, reading and playing cards with his buddies. He loved spending time with his family and traveling all over the country with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Della, and his two children; Linda (Bill) Kennebeck of Trenton, Missouri and Jim (Diana) Peterson of Monticello; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Ross of Jensen Beach, Florida, Gina (Gary) Hiler of Marion, and John (Jennifer) Kennebeck of Trenton, Missouri; six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Grace and Ella Kennebeck, Jordan Ross, Mason and Logan Hiler; four sisters, Marjorie Tieskotter of Decorah, Eunice Dillman of Des Moines, and Frances (Bill) Byrnes of Waukon.
Leo is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Arlene Hanson, and an infant sister.

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Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, May 29, 2015

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