Robert “Rob” Arnold Petersen passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the age of 65. Rob was born on April 4, 1951 in Auburn, Washington to Delpha and Robert W. Petersen.
As a teenager, Rob became involved showing cattle & was elected President of his 4H club. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1969 and went on to attend Washington State University, where he earned a degree in business in 1973.
In his mid-20’s, his earlier love of cattle was replaced with a passion for horses. Rob took up polo and played for the past 40 years. Polo was a big part of Rob’s life, combining his love of horses with competitive sport and camaraderie.
Rob was a financial advisor for 36 years. He was a highly respected leader and a charismatic mentor and teacher in the industry. He served over half of his career in a managerial capacity. He made his mark on the lives and hearts that he touched with his wit, his infectious laughter and his always-welcoming demeanor.
Rob was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Linda DeWilde-Peterson; mother, Delpha Burke; sister, Christine Devereaux; twin brother, Ron Petersen; daughters, Morgan (Ben) Craighead and Stefanie Erickson; son, Jon (Jessica) Petersen; their mother, Francie Mondin and 6 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert W. Petersen.
A celebration of Rob’s life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12pm, Mt. Rainier Christian Center at 43801 244th Ave SE in Enumclaw. In lieu of flowers, feel free to send donation to a local Horse Rescue (such as Safehorses.org or Equineaid.org).