Calvin DeRoyce Petersen, 90, of Upton, Wyoming passed on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at his home.
Calvin was born on August 27, 1923 in Buffalo, Wyoming and was the 4th son of Peter and Frances (Baker) Petersen of Moorcroft. Calvin mentioned several times that he and his brothers, all five of them were named after presidents. In 1937, when Calvin was 14 his father bought the lumber yard from George Newswinger and when school got out and summer began, Cal stayed in Upton to work. In 1939, Calvin worked at the bank for a while. He attended school in Moorcroft where he was a basketball player and he graduated from MHS in 1941. Calvin helped Henry Haggart run the theater and reported to his family that in 1941 the first movie was run in Upton, the title of the movie Wyoming staring Wallace Berry. On October 31st 1943 Calvin married, Norma June Marie Nicolen in Gillette. To this union 3 children were born, Dennis, Joni and Roni. Calvin was among those serving in the army during World War II, and after his discharge in 1946, Calvin and June moved to Upton where he worked for his dad at the lumber yard. In the early 50’s Calvin began running the business, Petersen Lumber and Grain. In 1953, Cal and June moved into their new home where they continued to live, raising their children.
Cal lived a full life. He served on the school board for 12 years and felt it was a great honor to present each of his children their diplomas at their graduations. Cal was very active in the community serving as mayor for one term, active in the fire department, stepping aside to let the young ducks take over, a Mason, receiving his 50 year pin in 2013, a member of the Commercial Club, now known as the Upton Chamber of Commerce, active with the golf course, serving as treasure for many years and later president. Cal served on the hospital board and historical society and was a member of the VFW and American Legion. He was an avid supporter of the Upton School activities, enjoying sports, programs and plays. He fished in Canada, enjoyed snowmobiling in Yellowstone. In 1980, Cal was able to visit Denmark with his sister and brother getting to meet their cousins and learn a little history about their father. In 2010, Cal flew to Washington DC as a part of the Honor Flight team with his daughter Roni. Cal loved having his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren around, stating this brightened his day.
Calvin was asked by his daughter what he thought was his defining moment and he answered "Marrying your Mom". He was then asked “What would you like to be remembered for?” and he said, "A good citizen, a kind and caring man". One of his care takers shared with his daughter he was a kind and caring soul and that is what he was.
He was preceded in death by his wife, June; his parents; brothers, Woodrow Petersen, Allen Petersen, and Edward Petersen; sister, Darlene Donahoo and a great-granddaughter, Shayla Finn. Calvin is survived by his children, Dennis (Connie) of Rapid City, Joni (Jim) Greer of Casper, and Roni (Dwane) Canfield of Upton; brother, Raymond Petersen of Moorcroft; sister, Louise Petersen of Redlands CA; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 3, 2014 at the Boal Auditorium in Upton. A memorial has been established to benefit the Upton Fire Department and the Upton EMS.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance.