Obituary of Christopher Gerard Petersen
Christopher Gerard Petersen
Chris, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Tacoma, Washington on Sept. 18, 1968. He spent his early years in Emmett, Idaho. When he was 6 years old, his family moved to Boise, Idaho where he attended school. Each summer he spent vacation weeks with his grandparents in Yellow Pine, Idaho. Chris loved the mountains, fishing, hunting, trapping and even a bit of gold panning. He had artistic and musical talents. Chris did well at anything he applied himself to. He had many varied hobbies and interests, including tying flies, stamp collecting and antiquing to name a few.
Chris enlisted in the army at age 17. He received awards for his abilities on the rifle range. He specialized in radio communications. After his army experience he returned to Idaho. He worked in the mining industry around Yellow Pine, both at Stibnite and Thunder Mountain. For a time he worked in Riggins, building log homes. He quit that job to return to Yellow Pine to become care taker for his grandmother, Bernice Parks, when she was diagnosed with dementia, caring for her until she needed full time medical care.
He met the love of his life, Christy Harris, at Warm Lake, Idaho in 2009. They were married in Emmett, Idaho on June 7, 2012. Not only did Chris acquire a wife, but her two children, as well. He loved Hailey and Hayden like they were his own. They made their home in Emmett and spent summers and many weekends in Yellow Pine. Chris continued to work at Stibnite, his last job being logistics supervisor for Midas Gold until a sudden health issue forced his retirement.
Chris made many friends throughout his life and had multitudes of family, who will miss his ready and unique laugh, his sense of humor, many wise cracks and his willingness to always lend a helping hand to friends and strangers alike.
Chris is survived by his wife, Christy Petersen; step-children, Hailey Harris and Hayden Clayton; his mother and step-father, Dick and Sharon Terry; sister, Denilyn Lequerica; step-brother, John Terry; step-sister, Sidney Alley; his niece, Kymber Hunt; nephews, Kevin Hunt and Kade Lequerica as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Pete and Ruth Petersen and Gene and Bernice Parks; his father, Dennis Petersen; his uncle, Joey Parks; John Petersen and his in laws, Warren and Karen Harris.
A Memorial Service for Chris will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Elevation Worship Center located at 444 HWY 16, Emmett, ID. 83617. A dinner will follow at the church. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Yellow Pine, ID. Condolences and memories of Chris may be shared on his memorial website, www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.