John Allen Petersen (January 17, 2014)

11403 Photo ovalAugust 10, 1936 ~ January 17, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014
1:00-8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
10:30 AM
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Irwin, IA
Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, IA

Wife – Barbara Petersen of Manilla, IA
2 Daughters – Amy (Andy) Tibbs of Earlham, IA
Julie (Brandon) Bruggeman of Apple Valley, MN
3 Brothers – Peter (Shirley) Petersen of Canyon, TX
Roger (Pamela) Petersen of Blair, NE
Everett (Doreen) Petersen of Hampton, IA
4 Grandchildren – Kelsey Tibbs
Haley Tibbs
John Bruggeman
Randy Bruggeman
Other Relatives & Friends

John Allen Petersen, the son of Allen E. and Clara V. (Juhl) Petersen, was born on August 10, 1936, in rural Jacksonville, Iowa. He graduated from Manning (Iowa) High School in 1954, and then worked as a farmhand for Norman Scott. John joined the United States Army and also served in the Army Reserves. In 1960, John purchased his farm. While farming, he also drove a school bus for the IKM school district for many years. John married Barbara Jean Jorgensen on August 20, 1972, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca, Iowa. The couple farmed until John’s retirement in 1998.

John was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irwin, Iowa, where he had served on the Church Council. He enjoyed watching sports, especially cheering on the Chicago Bears and Cubs. During his retirement years, he liked the time he spent in town, visiting with many friends.

John A. Petersen died on Friday, January 17, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, having reached the age of 77 years, 5 months, and 7 days.

John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara Petersen of Manilla, Iowa; two daughters, Amy (Andy) Tibbs of Earlham, Iowa, and Julie (Brandon) Bruggeman of Apple Valley, Minnesota; three brothers, Peter (Shirley) Petersen of Canyon, Texas, Roger (Pamela) Petersen of Blair, Nebraska, and Everett (Doreen) Petersen of Hampton, Iowa; four grandchildren, Kelsey Tibbs, Haley Tibbs, John Bruggeman, and Randy Bruggeman; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Irwin, Iowa, with Pastor Ron Rasmussen officiating. Peggy Doonan served as the organist. Casket bearers were Eric Petersen, Billy Wageman, Scott Petersen, Steve Petersen, Steve Jorgensen, and Chris Jorgensen. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Irwin, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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8 Responses to John Allen Petersen (January 17, 2014)

  1. Kenneth and Jolene Hass says:

    Dear Barbara and family,
    My family in Loveland , Colorado extend our condolences to you and your family upon the passing of John. We have fond memories of John and his family while living in Irwin, Ia. Please know your family is in our prayers.

    Ken and Jolene Hass
    1229 N Wilson Ave 104
    Loveland,Co 80537

  2. Linda & David Brummett says:

    To the family of John,
    My family lived neighbors to all of you. I was Linda (Adams), now Linda Brummett. You all have my deepest sympathy. May God Bless and Comfort all of you now and in the days to come.

  3. Anissa Irlmeier says:

    So sorry to hear about the loss of John. What an amazing man. I’m sure his absence will be missed by many. May your faith and family as well as great memories get you through the tough days ahead. Take care, Anissa

  4. Dave & Anna Schwarte says:

    Thoughts and prayers to your family!

  5. Pete Petersen says:

    Barb, Amy, Julie and families,
    We want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers especially at this time even though we are many miles apart. We wish we could be with you all, however, not at this time. Save all the memories and stories to share with us when we see you next summer. We send our love and blessings, Shirley & Pete

  6. Judy Yeager says:

    Barb, Amy, Julie and all. I was so sorry to hear that John had passed away. Fighter that he has always been, I just knew he’d rally once again but that was not to be. I’m so sorry that we won’t be able to be there, but you will be close in our thoughts and in our hearts. John was truly a wonderful man and we enjoyed the time spent with him and you all over the years. I remember how much he enjoyed sitting on the deck having coffee early in the morning when you visited us in WY and hearing him reminiscing about his trips to Gillette to buy cattle. I’m so glad he got to make those trips into Irwin of late to enjoy having coffee with his friends. The world is a better place because he was in it and sadder today because he is gone. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. With love, John & Judy

  7. Stacie Mullen says:

    Barb and family,
    My sympathy to you all. We are all thinking of you up here !! John was a very special person and will be missed by many.

  8. Larry Kasperbauer, (Guam). MHS Class of 1954 says:

    Dear Barbara and family,
    My wife Carmen and I extend our condolences to you and your family for your loss of John. We will remember him in our prayers.

    Larry and Carmen Kasperbauer
    P.O. Box 20434
    Barrigada, Guam 96921

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