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Originally published: 2013-10-01 15:30:49
Last modified: 2013-10-01 15:31:34

Theodore "Ted" Petersen

Theodore Witherspoon "Ted" Petersen, 83, of Boone, passed away on Sept. 30, 2013.

After a long illness with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) disease, Ted died peacefully at home. He was born April 14, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pa., the only child of Theodore Otto Petersen and Elizabeth Witherspoon Petersen of Philadelphia. Mr Petersen was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore O. and Elizabeth Petersen.

Mr Petersen graduated from Morgan Preparatory School, Petersburg, Tenn., N.J. College of Commerce, Texas A&M University SOARS, and UNC Chapel Hill GRI program. Employed 20 years with Beneficial Corp. then owner of ERA General Realty Corp. for 20 years. Ted served as president of Avery-Watauga Board of Realtors and was Realtor of the Year. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Mr Petersen is survived by wife, Lila; his sons, Ted V Petersen of Texas, and John W Petersen, Austin, Texas; three daughters, Theresa Stegman and husband, Chip, of Austin; Margaret Raeburn and husband, Brant, of Galveston, Texas; Marianne White and husband, Paul, of Lake Charles, La.; seven grandchildren, Audrie Wells, Zachary Smith, Matthew Hartman, Megan Pierce, Elizabeth Smith, Jason Hartman, Caidin Pierce; five great grand children, Alissa, Adam, Emily Grace, John William and Banks.

A private service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Fern Gardens at Daniel Boone Native Gardens, 584 Oaks St., Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Petersen family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.