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Richard "Dick" Petersen, 73, a resident of Rockwall, Texas, passed away Dec. 2, 2016.
He was born Aug. 26, 1943, in Dewitt, Neb., to Richard Harold Petersen Sr. and Virginia (Venrick) Petersen. Dick was an integral part of Petersen Manufacturing, a family business started by his grandfather, William Petersen, who invented the Vise-Grip wrench.
Dick was a very independent and adventurous spirit. He played guitar and banjo; music and songwriting were one of his many passions. Wanderlust lay deep within his soul, which led to many journeys across the country always returning to Texas. He often said, "I wasn't born here, but I got here as fast as I could." In addition to his many travels, Dick was an avid outdoorsman, champion skeet shooter, accomplished golfer and a pilot. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.
Along with his love of travel and adventure, he loved his family fiercely. Dick leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Sandy Petersen; daughters Sami Yarbrough and husband Trey of Abilene, Texas, Dana Byars and husband Scott of Austin, Texas, and Lynn Cain and husband Brandon of Milwaukee, Wis.; grandchildren Carson, Jake and Cade Yarbrough, Chloe and Christian Byars and Samson and Kirby Cain; a sister, Ane Shields and husband Bob of Missoula, Mont.; and sister-in-law Linda Lienemann of Rockwall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Allen Petersen.
A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Petersen home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to the Honor Flight Network at www.honorflight.org or to a charity of choice.
Published on December 7, 2016
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