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Gary Meryl Petersen

October 13, 1942 ~ August 24, 2020 (age 77)

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Gary Meryl Petersen, 77, formerly of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully  on August 24, 2020 at his home in Barling, Arkansas with his wife and son by his side.  A Celebration of his life will be September 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the family home in Barling, Arkansas.  Gary was born in Kansas City, Kansas to the late Holger Rasmus Petersen and the late Laila ( Berg) Petersen on October 13, 1942.  He married MarySue Bassett on July 28, 1970 and they just celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage.  He drove over the road for Pepsico  ( formerly PFS) for many years and was a dedicated husband and father.  He was a Veteran of the Korean War and served in the U.S. Army.  Of his many achievements in life, his greatest was being the most amazing adopted father a son could ever have.  Gary was preceded in death by his father, Holger Petersen and his mother; Leila Peterson. Gary leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife, MarySue ( Bassett) Petersen, his son; Ty Joseph Petersen and his daughter in law; Jacquelyn (DuPriest) Petersen. Arrangements under the direction of Smith Mortuary Charleston, Arkansas.


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