Anton Alfred “Pete” Petersen was born Feb. 15, 1928, to Lars Harry and Gertrude Mae (McConnell) Petersen in Pratt.
Anton grew up in Pratt and graduated from Pratt High School. He was a lifeguard at the Pratt pool and attended Pratt Community College. He worked for a time in the oil fields before joining the Air Force. Pete was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, where he learned to be a jet mechanic.
He married Ella Louise Baucom on April 2, 1952, and the couple settled in Fort Worth, where they lived until 1996, when they moved back to Pratt to care for Ella’s mother Mabel. In 2013 they moved back to Texas to live near their son and his family.
He and Ella had known each other from childhood, as their mothers were best friends. Though the children did not get along, they finally “changed their minds” once they were grown and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
They had three children, Diana Lynn, who died at birth, Deborah Kay and David Lance. After the Air Force, Pete worked for General Dynamics and then at Texas Steel as a crane operator for many years until his retirement. Pete was a member of the Scottish Rite at the Mosiah Temple in Fort Worth.
Pete had a lifelong love of trains and enjoyed sharing this passion with his children and grandchildren. They spent many happy hours watching trains wherever they went. Pete also loved fly fishing and camping in Colorado.
Pete passed way on April 18, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diana Lynn; and his parents, Lars Harry and Gertrude.
He is survived by his wife, Ella Louise Petersen; daughter, Deborah Kay Helt; son, David L. Petersen and wife Deena; as well as his grandchildren, Trevor Petersen, Amanda Whittier and husband Chase, Trenton Helt, Seth Petersen, Meghan Helt and Taylor Petersen.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at Greenlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary. There will be no public visitation. Friends may sign the guest book at the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank Ave., Lufkin, TX 75904.