Lowell S. Petersen July 22, 1927-May 30, 2014

Lowell Stensen Petersen, 86, of Port Clinton, passed away, Friday, May 30, at  Edgewood Manor Nursing Center, Port Clinton.  He was born on July 22, 1927 in Port Clinton, the son of Stensen and Frances (Vollmer) Petersen.  Following graduation from Port Clinton High School, Lowell enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  After being honorably discharged he attended the Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and his Juris Doctorate.  While at the Ohio State University he met Elaine Dybvig whom he married September 11, 1948.  After passing the Ohio Bar exam he opened his law practice in Port Clinton and served two terms as city solicitor and then 28 years as the Ottawa County Prosecutor.  

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Port Clinton, where he had taught Sunday school, had served as President of the church council, and was a Boy Scout leader.  He loved sailing his boat on Lake Erie and entered many races.  He was a member of the Port Clinton Yacht Club, the Elks, the Ottawa County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.  He enjoyed reading and studying fine arts with his wife Elaine.  

Survivors include: Daughter: Carol (Mark) Mitchell of Sterling Heights, MI; Son: John S. Petersen of Champaign, IL; Grandson: Jack Mitchell of Sterling Heights, MI; Granddaughter: Erica (Brad) Bible of St. Clair Shores, MI; Great-Granddaughter: Tessa Bible.  Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister: Barbara Bailey.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, in the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton, followed by a Memorial Service at 3 p.m.  Private interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Memorial donations in memory of Lowell may be given to St. John Lutheran Church or Stein Hospice.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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