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Eric Hjalmar “Pete” Petterson III, 74, of Fishersville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at his home.

A son of the late Eric Hjalmar Petterson Jr. and Florence (Charles) Petterson, he was born April 9, 1944 in Newport News. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving his country during the Vietnam War. Mr. Petterson worked for the Newport News Shipyard, Ford Motor Company, and Anheuser-Busch. He was an avid NASCAR

fan, loved the water, and enjoyed sailing and diving. He traveled extensively up and down the East Coast.

Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Claudine (Upchurch) Petterson; a daughter, Laura Petterson and her husband Darwin; stepchildren, Cheri Payton, and Thomas G. Carpenter and his wife Donna; step-grandchildren, Dana Dixon II and Daonna; step-great-grandchild, Dana Dixon III; sisters, Christine Maculley and her husband George, Charlene Hunt and Irene Farrell; an aunt, uncle, and several nieces and nephews.

As were his wishes, all services will be private for the family. Those wishing to share their thoughts and condolences online are welcome to do so at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity.