Hollis E. “Holly” Petersen Jr.

Hollis E. “Holly” Petersen Jr., 85, formerly of 1887 E. Elmwood Ave., Falconer, passed away Wednesday (March 26, 2014) in Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing.

He was born Oct. 6, 1928, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the son of the late Hollis and Ruth M. Tice Petersen Sr.

Hollis was a 1947 graduate of Falconer High School and was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. In earlier years he was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, Crescent Tool and Cummins Engine, prior to retiring in 1992.

Hollis was a 62-year member of the Falconer Fire Department having served in various offices.

He was also a member of the Falconer United Methodist Church, and the former Elmwood United Methodist Church, having served both churches as financial treasurer and Pastor Parish Committees. He was also a member of Henry Mosher Post 638, American Legion having served as the service officer, and was a former member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. For numerous years he was top blood donor for the local American Red Cross.

His greatest hobby was attending his grandsons’ sports through high school which included football, basketball and baseball games. Hollis was also an avid New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Notre Dame fan.

Surviving are his son Mark (Jackie) Petersen of Falconer; three grandsons: Tyler and Kyle Petersen, both of Falconer, and Brian Hilton of Nashville, Tenn.; and three sisters: Lois Peterson of Ontario, N.Y., Donna (Arnold) Ring of South Carolina and Marian Culver of Sinclairville.

He was preceded in death by his wife Romaine A. Petersen, whom he married Sept. 18, 1953, in the former Elmwood United Methodist Church, and who died Oct. 14, 2005; his mother Ruth M. Petersen, who died Aug. 25, 1995; and father Hollis Petersen Sr., who died Jan. 25, 1968.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Falconer Funeral Home. The Rev. Chad Sayers, pastor of Falconer United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.

Friends will be received by the family from 5-8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be donated to the Falconer Fire Department or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

Visit our website at www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.