|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1926|
|Death: ||Mar. 28, 2012|
New Hampshire, USA
William Otto Petersen
William Otto Petersen, 85, was born on November 28, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois. He died on March 28, 2012, at the Kendal Retirement Community in Hanover, N.H. of complications from Parkinson's disease.
He grew up on Astor Street on the near north side of Chicago. He graduated from the Chicago Latin School in 1944, and then served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he completed his undergraduate and law studies at Harvard University. He practiced law in Chicago for over 40 years, first at The Northern Trust Co., then with the firm of Vedder Price P.C., working with a number of clients, including several prominent authors.
After many years as a consultant and director, he became an advisory director of the Gray Entities, including Locust Street Company, Inc. and Gray Farms, Inc. He and his wife, the late Jane Jordan Browne, of the Gray family, made many visits to the Grayville, Illinois, and the New Harmony/Evansville, Indiana areas related to personal and Gray family business matters. Bill enjoyed his visits to Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois. He and Jane were true supporters of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science.
He is survived by his brothers Edward and Conrad; as well as four Petersen nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Lawrence W. Browne; as well as twenty Browne nieces and nephews.
A private graveside funeral service is planned for May 9, 2012, at the Gray Family Cemetery located in Grayville, Illinois, with the Reverend J. Kathryn Costas presiding. There will also be a July memorial service in Lake Geneva, Wis., the location of the Petersen's summer home at Black Point, Geneva Lake.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, 411 SE Riverside Dr., Evansville, IN 47713.
Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel will be handling the local arrangements, (812) 477-1515.
Published in Courier Press on April 15, 2012
Gray Family Burial Ground
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