William Bill Petersen was born on September 29, 1931 to Henry George and Clara Nielsen Petersen. He joined his 3-year-old brother Robert (Bob). The two of them had many happy times in their young years with friends and relatives on Pine St. In 1937 the family moved into their new home Rancho Llano Grande. Bill attended Solvang Grammar School and SYV High School.
He entered military service in August of 1952 and was discharged in July of 1954. upon returning home he went to work managing the family business of Buellflat Rock Co. while his brother Bob managed the family farm Rancho Llano Grande. Upon his retirement he still would check things out at the plant as he loved the business and was proud of the employees.
Bill was on the original Board of Directors for Los Padres Bank and enjoyed the association with the employees there. He was a lifelong member of Bethania Lutheran Church and served two terms on the Church Council and several years on the Property Committee and the Solvang Cemetery Committee with his good friend Elmer Rasmussen. They would do maintenance and fix whatever they could before going for afternoon coffee. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post 160, the Danish Brotherhood and the Vikings of Solvang.
He loved his family deeply and leaves his wife of 63 years, Myra, daughter Leanne Jennings granddaughters Kamilla and Kayla and great granddaughters Ashlynn Jennings and Lennon Jones. Bill was preceded in death by his grandson Andy Jennings. He also leaves his son Mark Petersen and grandsons, Boyd, Aaron, Kai and Tevin and granddaughter Kiana Petersen Bill is also survived by several nieces, nephews and their families.
A Memorial Service was held on December 26th at Bethania Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Atterdag Care Center, 636 Atterdag Rd., Solvang, Bethania Lutheran Church 621 Atterdag Rd., Solvang or Bethania Child Care 611 Atterdag Rd., Solvang.
Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.