CROCKETT, Texas — Robert Bell Petersen, 88, formerly of Falmouth, died at the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett, Texas Nov. 20, 2009, after a period of failing health.
Born in Portland on March 10, 1921, son of Mary Bell Petersen and Robert Jens Petersen, he attended Portland schools, Hebron Academy, the University of Maine, before he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Maine Maritime Academy.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Abatanin in the Pacific Theater and attained the rank of Lieutenant JG.
Following his naval tour, he began his career with GMAC and later worked for Canal Bank and The Portland Savings Bank/People’s Heritage Bank.
In his spare time he was an avid reader of maritime history, as well as a sailing enthusiast, gardener and crossword puzzle aficionado.
An intellectual man who loved learning and discussing ideas, he believed in fairness and opportunity for all people and the worth of all living things.
He was active in several civic groups including local historical societies, the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, and the Yarmouth Lions’ Club.
A life-long Mainer, he moved to Texas in 2003.
He was predeceased by his wife Adele Noyes Petersen.
Surviving are his four children and their spouses, Robert “Sandy” Petersen and Paulette Weingartner Petersen of Bellingham, Wash., Mark Petersen and Rochelle Cook Petersen of Falmouth, Karen Stott and Thomas Stott of Centerville, Texas, and Suzanne Petersen and Rodney Grimsley of Dover, N.H.; five grandchildren, Miranda, Rachel, Stefanie, Eric, and Lindsey; and one great-grandchild, Shylah.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at the Allen Ave. Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland.
Arrangements were made by Walters Funeral Home, Centerville, Texas.
Memorial donations can be made to the Houston County Nursing Home, U.S. Route 4, P.O. Box 310, Crockett, TX 75835; or to the Maine Audubon Society, Gilsland Farm, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, ME 04105; or to a local homeless shelter.