Robert Allen Petersen

September 16, 1948January 6, 2021

Robert Allen Petersen Born, September 16, 1948 - At Rest, January 6, 2021.

Robert Allen "Bob" Petersen passed away unexpectedly due to COVID related complications at the age of 72. Robert is survived by the love of his life; his wife of almost 53 years, Judith (nee Andersen) and children, Lisa (Jim) Young, Donna (Levy) Luna, Debra Daley and Erica Mancuso; cherished grandfather of Kairee (Thomas), Anthony (Kelly), Jacob (Rachel), Corey, Jessica, Sky, Alyssa, Bobby, Taylor (Nico), Matthew, Ceilidh, Julia, Sam, Gina and Evan; adorable great grandfather of Cayden, Oliver and Bun-in-the-Oven Bennett and many special nieces, nephews and in-laws who he thought of as his own true brothers and sisters.

He is preceded in death by his beloved parents Robert and Alma (nee Shanahan) Petersen, Mother and Father in-law Leonard and Mary Andersen and brother-in-laws James Harrington and John (Guy) Moran. Robert lived a life full of family and long-time close friendships.

He had a passion for music and was an extremely talented guitar player and singer. Robert and Judy welcomed four wonderful daughters to their family whom blessed him with great joy through an abundance of grandchildren and great grandchildren. His children remember him as a loving father who taught them about unconditional love, the importance of family, and that true-love can stand the test of time through the love he had for their mother.

Due to COVID, a private viewing is planned for the immediate family but we are inviting all to attend an outdoor graveside service (social distancing and masks required). Those that wish to attend Robert’s final send-off can meet for a procession from Blake-Lamb Funeral home to his final resting place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Details are as follows:

Saturday, January 16, 2021, Line-up for procession 10:30 a.m. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W 103rd St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. Final Resting Place: Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum 6001 W 111th St #6072, Alsip, IL 60803 **No gatherings other than the graveside service at this time in order to keep everyone safe.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Friends and extended family are encouraged to celebrate Robert’s life by sharing in his memories at In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Robert (Bob) Petersen Memorial Fund at


  • 10:30 am-11:00 am Line Up for Procession

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Interment

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Taylor Vivirito

January 10, 2021

My grandpa was the most the most genuinely sweet person I have ever met. He taught me to love everyone. He was funny, smart, but mostly goofy. He knew how to make everyone smile. He was such a good man. He will always be remembered and talked about.

Samuel Luna

January 10, 2021

Grandpa was the funniest and nicest old man I ever met and I can not think of one time he wasn’t in a good mood around me. He always knew what to say to make me laugh and family gatherings are not gonna be the same without him. I love you grandpa and I am going to miss you so much.