Feb 132013

J. Gerry Petersen, 76, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley in Chandler. A graveside dedication will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, March 23, at the Joseph City Cemetery.
Gerry was born on May 15, 1936, to Beulah Richards and Clyde Petersen, and grew up in Joseph City with his grandparents, Joseph L. and Eliza Petersen. He graduated from Holbrook High School in 1954.
He spent his early adult years as a cowboy on his stepfather’s cattle ranch in Silver City, N.M., and this was the job that he loved the best and spoke of most often for the rest of his life. After the ranch, he did many jobs in construction throughout Arizona and New Mexico.
Survivors include his wife, June; four daughters, Tammy, Terry, Dee and Lisa; one son, Jay; seven grand-children; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death his parents and a son, Matthew.