COVID-19 Updates

Eugene Petersen

Feb 08, 1937 - Aug 03, 2022

Eugene Petersen

February 08, 1937 - August 03, 2022


Eugene (Gene) Petersen departed this life surrounded by family at his home in Cave Creek, Arizona on August 3, 2022. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, he was born on February 8, 1937 in Sioux City, Iowa to parents, Marvin and Emma Petersen. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Pauline Petersen, son Jon Petersen (Shelleigh), daughters Cathy Banovac (Rocky) and Karen Zoerb (Brad), grandchildren Craig Hernandez (Brooke), Dustin Hernandez (Stephanie), Zach Petersen (Casey), Brooks Petersen, Austin Zoerb, Mackenzie Zoerb, great-grandchildren Wyatt Hernandez, Gavin Hernandez, Aubrey Hernandez, Ariana Hernandez, and Tripp Petersen, and a host of many loved and endeared extended family. Gene was preceded in death by his parents and his eldest son, Jeffery Petersen.

Gene spent his early childhood years in Aurelia, Iowa and came to live in Phoenix with his parents while in his teenage years. He graduated from West High School and thereafter attended Arizona State University. Having worked in the automobile industry for most of his adult life, Gene retired in 1995 from Courtesy Chevrolet as Director of Service, a position he held for 30 years.

After retirement, no grass grew under his feet. Gene lived life to the fullest doing the things he loved the most such as working on household projects and restoring numerous classic cars and trucks, many of which earned top awards in various automobile show categories. He enjoyed being near or on the water. He was an avid boater and a member of the Phoenix Power Squadron boating club wherein he was inducted as Squadron Commander in 1991. As the years passed, he later developed a passion for model trains. He completed a room-sized table top replica of his boyhood hometown complete with mountains, tunnels, streams, downtown businesses, local municipalities, and a fully functioning HO Scale Santa Fe Railroad and rail-yard. Before his passing, he had begun a second train table on a smaller scale in his garage. In his spare time (lol), Gene enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles and watching old westerns. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary & Cemetery, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 on Friday, August 19, 2022, at 11:00am, with a reception immediately following the ceremony. The family wishes to acknowledge and extend a special thanks to Holly, Jen and Robert of Desert Valley Hospice & Palliative Care for their compassion and attentive care.

For those who wish to remember Gene in a special way, gifts may be offered in his memory to Desert Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 11225 North 28th Drive, Suite D112, Phoenix, AZ 85029 OR The Arizona Humane Society at, Phoenix, Arizona.

For those unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed at the following link:


Fri, Aug 19, 2022 at 11:00 am
Hansen Desert Hills Chapel

6500 E Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

This service will be live-streamed at the following link: Reception to follow

Get Directions

Sign in to share your memory

We'll never post without your permission

or use your email

By adding a comment, you agree to the following privacy notice and conditions of use

Email Directions

Enter an email address below.
Please separate multiple emails with a coma.

Text Directions

Enter a mobile number below

Get Updates

Sign up to receive a notification daily whenever there is an update on this obituary.


Thank you for sharing!