AMES, Iowa - A Mass of Christian burial for Hans David Petersen, 100, of Ames, formerly of Estherville, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Ames.
Hans died on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Rolling Green Village, Nevada, Iowa.
A visitation and prayer vigil will be 7 p.m. Friday at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Ames. Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames is assisting the family.
Hans David Petersen was born Nov. 29, 1912, in rural Emmet County, the son of Peter and Else (Simonsen) Petersen and the oldest of four children. Hans farmed the family farm in Emmet County beginning in his late teens and left the farm when he moved to Des Moines to begin working for the Iowa Airplane Co. as a mechanic. With the onset of World War II, Hans worked at the Gilbert Airport, where he met Ardyce Weigel in May 1943. Following a four-month courtship, they married on Sept. 21, 1943, at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Ames.
Hans and Ardyce moved to Swea City following the war to continue farming, where they remained until their retirement in 1974. During his years farming, Hans sold and installed Reclamo Oil Filters. They relocated one last time to Ames in 2003. Ardyce died May 11, 2012. Hans was a lifetime Indian Motorcycle rider and rebuilt a 1941 Scout with his oldest son, Dan, in the mid-1970s. Hans and Ardyce loved to travel on the motorcycle. He also repaired and restored Edison Phonographs and enjoyed listening to them.
Hans was preceded in death by his wife, Ardyce; sons, Daniel and Mark; two infant great-grandsons, and his siblings.
He is survived by his children, Treva Petersen, Dale (Suzanne) Petersen, Rosalie Petersen and Nina Barroso all of Ames, and Paul (Sharon) Petersen of Estherville; daughter-in-law, Nancy Petersen of Estherville; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
As a show of sympathy, memorial contributions should be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.StevensMemorialChapel.com