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Hans Chrestian Petersen

Obituary for Hans Chrestian Petersen

November 29, 1923 - May 3, 2017
McHenry, Illinois | Age 93


Hans Chrestian Petersen, age 93, of McHenry, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Hans was born on November 29, 1923, to the late Bennet and Martha (nee Nielsen) Petersen. Hans was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin; later serving in the Army Air Force during World War II. Hans moved to Chicago where he met his wife, Nancy. He was hardworking, having two careers; retirement didn't suit him well. Hans was known as a quiet, gentle giant and "Every Inch a Man." There wasn't a person who met him that didn't like him. Hans was a "Champion Whistler," often whistling to the tune of "Sweet Georgia Brown." He enjoyed listening to HAM Radio, fishing, gardening, and racing. He will be remembered as everyone's friend and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his children, Bennet (Nancy) Petersen, Bryan Petersen and Shari (Alan Gegenheimer) Olk; grandchildren, Carey (Justin) Runyard, Lindsay (Guy) Porth, Aimee (Jason) Landini, Alexander (Amy) Petersen, Troy (Kim) Petersen, Jennifer (Chad) Chorney, Gregory Petersen, Bennet Petersen, Katlyn (James) Ceplawskes and Ashley Olk; great grandchildren, Austin, Nathan, Hannah, Violet, Lane, Sullivan, Alexis, Ethan, Owen, Emilee, Aksel, Haylie, Hayden, Aaron, Kaitlyn, MacKenzie, Azure, Ana, Aydin, and Leila. He is further survived by his sister, Else Petersen.

In addition to his parents, Hans is preceded in death by loving wife, Nancy; siblings, James and Marion; and granddaughter, Megan.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 2:00pm until time of memorial service beginning at 5:00pm, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Hans' name to the charity of your choice.

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591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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