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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Leon Petersen

Leon Robert Petersen

December 18, 2019
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Obituary

Leon Robert Petersen, 77, of Simsbury, beloved husband of Lydia (Richardson) Petersen, died Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He was born May 28, 1942 in Bloomfield, son of the late John and Inga (Neilsen) Petersen and had been a lifelong resident of the Farmington Valley. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had attended the University of Connecticut. Mr. Petersen was employed with Ensign Bickford in Simsbury and retired from Sonalyst in Waterford as a Contract Administrator after many years. He was active in local politics and served as a member on the East Lyme Board of Education. He enjoyed golf, sailing, playing chess and most of all spending time with his family.

In addition to his loving wife of 48 years, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa Beebe of Camden, ME; his son, Taz Petersen and wife Colleen of Groton; his brother, John H. Petersen and wife Joyce of Burlington; his sister, Rita Wenzel and husband Ray of Texas; his sister-in-law, Esther Petersen of Simsbury; five grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Paul Petersen.

His family will receive friends at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Thursday, December 26th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 27th at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Dyer Cemetery in Canton. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Please visit Leon’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.
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  • Visitation

    December 26, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    December 26, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    Address
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    December 27, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    December 27, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    Address
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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Cynthia

Posted at 06:40pm
Today I could not get Uncle Leon off my mind so tonight I read his obituary as I had not seen it before. Uncle Leon and Aunt Lydi have been a major part of my life. We had so so many great visits no matter where they lived or where I lived. I miss him. I miss his wit. I miss his laugh. I miss him picking on me. When I called them and he answered he always said to Aunt Lydi, “It is your other daughter.” He always made me feel special. I would call him when I needed advice or I needed help sorting out a situation. He was always there for me. He leaves such a legacy. He will always be in my thoughts. I loved him.
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Val hammond

Posted at 02:40pm
Leon was also survived by his 2 daughters from a previous marriage. Loretta White and Carol Krajc and his 6 grandchildren.
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Carol Tuller

Posted at 09:15pm
Leon’s kindness and hard work was such a gift for years to the Humphrey family reunions ‘in the grove.’ He modeled those family support gestures for those who followed him ... who continue modeling for the next generations.
We’ve all benefited from our time with him.
Carol, Don , and Emily Tuller
 
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Marianne Burbank Posted at 01:00pm

Carol has said it well! I am so sorry I missed the services... I arrived at Vincent’s at one and found no one here and then rechecked and found they were at 11am. Lydia, Lisa and Taz, please know I am thinking of you all. Marianne Humphrey Burbank
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