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Kelly James Petersen

March 1, 1966 August 2, 2014
Kelly James Petersen
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Obituary for Kelly James Petersen

Ocheyedan, IA


      Kelly James Petersen, the son of Arlen and Mavis (Kruse) Petersen, was born on March 1, 1966, in Rock Rapids, IA. He attended school at Sibley Community Schools. After completing school Kelly worked at JBS. He was wed to Sara Buckentin on March 8, 1988, in Sioux Falls, SD; to this couple two children were blessed, Jon and Cara. He went to Trucking School in Indianapolis. The marriage was later dissolved. He then went to work for trucking companies for the past 28 years, pulling in the 48 continental states. In the more recent years his loads took him more locally staying in the Midwest. When not in the truck Kelly resided in Ocheyedan, IA. Kelly died on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Lakes Regional Healthcare Center in Spirit Lake, IA, at the age of 48 years, five months, and one day.

      On the weekends he loved working in the garage; on cars and race cars; being determined to fix anything. Kelly enjoyed racing for many years, especially stock cars. His competitors knew him for his big heart, sacrificing wins to help a fellow racer in need. He loved to use the “unbeaten path,” finding his way in and out of many ditches and fields; just for the thrill. To pass his time in the truck he liked to call his friends and family. He most enjoyed spending time with his “toys”, his children, grandchildren, and nieces.

      Kelly’s family wants to thank his graduating high school class of 1984 from Sibley High School, for celebrating, your response, and the support you showed him and his family on Saturday.

      Kelly is survived by his children, Jonathan Petersen of Ocheyedan, IA and Cara Petersen of Worthington, MN; three grandchildren, Ethan of Brewster, MN and Aaliyah and Aria of Worthington, MN; his parents, Tom (Mavis) Hoffman of Ocheyedan, IA; his siblings, Jamey (Tracy Rosenberg) Petersen of Ocheyedan, IA, Shauna (Jeff) Carroll of Sibley, IA, and Mike (Shelly) Petersen of Worthington, MN; his nieces; and his special friend, Sheri Johnson of Fulda, MN. He was preceded in death by his father, Arlen Petersen; his sister, Gwen Petersen, and his close friends, Tony Bosma and Kenneth “Hollywood” Markus.

      Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Bailey Fossum officiating. Honorary bearers will be Jim Carroll, Ron Tjaden, Grant Sixta, Clint Sixta, Jim Bates, Jeff Walters, Randy VanTassel, Cliff Slinginger, and Galen Niemeyer.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN.

      Blessed be the memory of Kelly James Petersen.


Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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