Remembering Ralph C. “Pete” Petersen Jr.

“Pete” was born in Lewiston to Ralph C. “Pete” Petersen Sr. and Dara Adams Perkins on Dec. 3, 1940.

Growing up in Auburn, a suburban family neighborhood, he remained in contact with Brian Harris from “a few doors down”and neighborhood friend, Gilman Teti, who served as best man at both of Pete’s weddings. He married his first wife in 1964 and together they raised three daughters, of whom he was very proud. He married Linda Emerton of Wells in 1987 and became stepfather to her daughter.

As a Porsche enthusiast Pete acquired his first Porsche in 1986. He had dreamed about owning a Porsche for years.

Pete and Linda became active members of Porsche Club of Americaʼs North Country Region. Pete enjoyed the Porsche clubʼs many activities and events. This became a very special time of his life.

Pete was a lover of great food and spirits and appreciated the finer things of life. Genealogy was important to him, doing extensive research on his Danish heritage, his father was the first American born Petersen of his lineage. He passed that interest to his daughter Karen, assuring his work will be carried on. He enjoyed family gatherings, following all of his childrenʼs, stepchildrenʼs, grandchildrenʼs, and step-grandchildrenʼs activities, academics, and accomplishments, he was very proud of all of them.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife, Linda; his daughters, Pamela and husband Thomas Snowe, Karen Utgard and husband Michael Carle, Sarah Petersen and partner Joel Cook; and his stepdaughter, Shannon Emerton. He had seven grandchildren, Alex Buckley, Caroline Snowe, Stella Utgard, GabrielFornier, Samuel Fornier, Zach Pierce, and Zoe Emerton; and his great-granddaughter, Cecelia Buckley