Steven Joergen Petersen

11/04/1947 - 11/03/2023


Obituary For Steven Joergen Petersen

Steven Joergen Petersen, born on November 4, 1947, in Manassas, Virginia, peacefully passed away on November 3, 2023, in Maggie Valley, North Carolina at the age of 75.

Steven lived the majority of his life in Manassas, VA, a place he cherished for its rich Civil War history. He also lived in Merritt Island, FL, and most recently settled in Maggie Valley, NC, where he felt a deep connection to the beautiful landscape of the Western NC mountains.

Professionally, Steven was a self-employed general contractor and custom home builder. Steven was also a lifelong scholar and historian, with a particular fascination for civil war history. An athlete at heart, Steven played football, basketball, and baseball as a young man. As an adult, Steven found immense joy in connecting with nature through running. His favorite place to absorb the sights, smells, and the feel of the changing seasons was Manassas Battlefield Park. It was at this park that he passed along his passion for connecting to nature, history, and self through trail running to his daughter Abby.

Steven loved his country and was a patriot in every sense of the word. He held a deep appreciation for the values that shaped America, and he expressed that appreciation (combined with his love for literature and poetry) by memorizing and reciting classical American passages such as the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address.

Steven is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Joergen Petersen and Helen Lucy Click Petersen, as well as his brother Eric Petersen. Steven leaves behind a loving and devoted life partner, Sandra Shepherd Rowland. He also leaves behind his daughter, Abigail McKee and son-in-law Kenneth McKee, and his granddaughters Sarah Hunter, Natalie Hunter, and Claire Hunter of whom he is immeasurably proud. Steven is also survived by his sister, Barbara Petersen Gunderson, and niece Jennifer Arquette.

Remembered as a fun-loving and generous partner, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle, Steven brought light and laughter into the lives of many.

Steven loved his family and friends well and his memory will forever inspire us to strive to be the best version of ourselves.

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  • 11/29/2023

    I knew you for almost a year. Everytime I saw you at the rec center you was so nice and insightful. We would talk about judo, religion and history. I will sorely miss you my friend. You was one of the good ones in the world. Rest my friend! You will live again

  • 11/15/2023

    I am crushed and so terribly sad for Steven's loved ones. Everyone at the Rec Ctr knew that Joergen (as I called him) was in my eyes, the most wonderful, most intellectual, most well-versed gentleman to walk through the doors. He was the conversationalist no one could hold a candle to - no one. - He was the one person I missed so terribly as I moved on to another job. I will forever treasure our conversations on history and travel, and oh, the gleam in his eye when speaking of his loved ones. He would light up most when speaking of his beloved Sandy and of his adventurous Abby. And, oh my goodness, his eyes would leap into a dance when sharing tales of his grandchildren. We always planned to get together so my eldest son could meet Steven, an old soul much like Joergen. - I hate that we never made that happen; such a life-lesson on the reminder of how truly fragile life is. - I am so sorry for your loss. The world has lost a great one. - Fair winds and following seas, my friend .... Pam

  • 11/14/2023

    I am sorry to hear of Steven's passing. He built our home in Maggie Valley, which we love. I will pray for you during this hard time.

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