Vernon B. Petersen, 96, a former longtime resident of St. Paul, died March 19, 2023, in Ramsey. He was a longtime respected teacher and coach at St. Paul Murray Junior/Senior High School.
Vernon was a decorated WWII Army Veteran. He fought with the CoC 21st Inf 24th Division in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, was part of the Philippine Liberation campaign and was stationed postwar in Japan. He was a member of the Army Reserves.
Vernon was preceded in death by his wife Violet and grandson Matthew. He is survived by his children Vernon, Lyle (Kathy), Robert (Kimberly), Laurie, Jeffrey (Nga); 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral service has been held, with burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials to Youthprise, www.youthprise.org.