Our brother, uncle, confidant and good friend passed away quietly September 18.

Born August 1, 1926 in Spring City, Utah to James and Rosylvia Petersen. Married Erna Nielsen. Vern was a member of the Operating Engineers Union Local Number 3. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for years. Vern was a kind and gentle giant of a man with sparkling blue eyes, warm smile, hearty laugh and a love for all of mankind. He was an incredible listener who gave freely of himself. His counsel and love will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He loved drives with his family and all kinds of sports. His greatest love, however, was time with his family.Survived by brothers, Don (Viola), Dean, Seth, all of Spring City, and Max (Donna) Petersen of Sandy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Erna; parents; brothers, Charles and Ned Petersen; and sister, Anna Rose Petersen.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m. in the chapel at Redwood Memorial

Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road. There will be a one hour prior viewing.

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