Arthur Edward Petersen, 69, of Lyons, formerly of Forest Park, died on March 4, 2017 at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Born on Aug. 6, 1947 in Chicago, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War as a combat war veteran, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. In later life, he worked as a salesman for a mobile home company. Family and friends say he was a hero in every sense of the word.

Arthur Petersen was the father of Tami Donaldson and Art (April) Petersen; grandfather of Danjae and Leeland; brother of Gregory Bauer; and uncle of Matthew Bauer, Allison Bauer and Cheryl (Eliot) Triantos. 

Visitation and service were held on March 9 at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home. Funeral service and interment with military honors took place on March 10 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. 

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