Funeral Services for Lloyd L. “Rusty” Petersen, Jr., age 73, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Reverend Mike Moreno will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. The Funeral Service will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
He passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Lloyd Leroy was born December 28, 1948 during a blizzard in Norfolk to Lloyd and Nellie (Tubbs) Petersen. He graduated from Norfolk High School in 1967. Rusty obtained an Associate’s Degree from Norfolk Junior College in 1969. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wayne State College in Education. Over the years, Rusty earned additional credit hours in Physical Education and Health.
He taught one year in a Madison County rural school. From 1972 to 2004, he served as an Elementary PE Instructor for the Norfolk Public Schools. After retiring from Norfolk Public Schools, he taught Health and Wellness classes for several years at Northeast Community College.
On September 13, 1969, he married Linda K. Elsberry at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norfolk. The couple was blessed with two children, Michelle and Mark.
Rusty was very athletic and loved sports. He enjoyed participating in team sports from high school through adulthood. He was very proud of his many years coaching YMCA youth soccer and basketball and being known as coach. Also, he was a very creative person who was a member of the local Art Association, Northeast Nebraska Woodcarvers, and sang in the Men’s Chorus. Rusty enjoyed woodworking and painting in acrylics and oils. His favorite hobby was woodcarving, and he had carved many treasures for his family and friends.
Rusty was a true Notre Dame fan, but he would cheer for Nebraska with his wife of 52 years, Linda.
He is survived by his wife, children Michelle Lynne (Gregory) Reeson and Mark Lloyd (Cyndy) Petersen, grandchildren Zane, Zachary and Natalie Reeson, brothers Jerry (Karol) and Don (Raelene) Petersen, and sister Robin (Mark) Guzman, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and an uncle.
Rusty was preceded in death by his parents, infant sister Peggy Sue, infant granddaughter Kaleena Willow Trine, his grandparents, several aunts and uncles, his brother-in-law Dennis Smith and his mother-in-law Ruth Elsberry.
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