Philip Ezra Petersen was born to the Rev. Adolph and Marie (Larsen) Petersen on February 9, 1939. He was received into the Lord’s kingdom of grace through Holy Baptism at First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brush, Colorado, baptized by his father. After his father joined the Army Air Corps (later renamed the US Army Air Forces), his family spent several years at army bases around the country before settling in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Phil was confirmed by his father at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 3, 1953. By God’s sustaining grace he remained in his baptismal grace all the days of his life.
Phil married Lana Louise Hoyord on June 8, 1962, also at Trinity in Waupaca, his father officiating. The Lord blessed them with four daughters and more than 33 years of marriage. After a seven-year battle with cancer, Lana was called to her eternal rest on January 30th, 1994.
Phil met Mickey Pipkorn in 1999. They were married a year later September 3, 2000. The Lord blessed them with 22 years of marriage.
Phil’s generosity of spirit and servant heart showed itself as a teacher in elementary and middle school classrooms, as a driver and trainer in the safety programs of Greyhound Bus Lines, as a volunteer through many church and school outings and events, and as a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. By God’s rich grace, the love of Christ has been clearly visible in Phil’s life, and through him, to so many others.
Phil’s soul was called from this world of sin and sorrow, sickness and pain to the glorious victory celebration in heaven on Saturday, May 6, 2023. By God’s sustaining grace he reached the age of 84 years.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Marie, his brothers Sam and Jon, and his wife Lana.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Mickey; his sister Miriam (Pete) Burrows; his sisters-in-law Jan Petersen and Amber Petersen; his daughters Beth (Tom) Wolf, Heidi (Tom) Groom, Linka (Dan) Schroeder, and Siri (Joel) Gawrisch; his stepchildren Brian (Bonnie) Pipkorn, John Pipkorn, Susan Pipkorn, and Sara (Kurt) Loewen; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on May 11th, at Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shakopee, Minnesota. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am. A memorial service will also be held at 11:30 am on May 12th, at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iola, Wisconsin. Phil’s mortal remains will be laid to rest following the memorial service in Iola, Wisconsin, at Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Iola to await the resurrection of all flesh.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be chosen by the family in keeping with ministries dear to Phil.
Memorials addressed to Phil Petersen Family can be mailed to Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, 104 West First Street, Jordan, MN 55352.
They who die in the Lord are blessed from henceforth, even forevermore.
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Dale and Jan Dahlke
We are so very sorry for your loss. Memories will be in your hearts forever.
I first met Phil through my brother Tom Groom. Throughout the years I got to talk to Phil at family functions. He was such easy person to talk to. I often thought that Tom was a lucky guy to have Phil as father in law. To friends and family so sorry for your loss.
Mike and Sharon Groom
Mickey, I saw the name in the Tribune and wondered if it could be Phil. He was a great friend as bus drivers and had many conversations. Talked about him with fellow drivers without receiving much feedback. Felt a good relationship with you too and so sorry for your loss. I will not attend the service as I’m in Missouri with my son. Hope all is well with you.
Jan and Don Krueger
Our sincere sympathy to you and your family, Mickey. Phil has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior. Praise be to God. May God comfort and be with you and your family.