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1946 James 2022

James Petersen

July 7, 1946 — September 17, 2022

Our hero, James Lee Petersen, has died. Born in Akron, Ohio, Lee began shoveling snowy sidewalks as a child, and emerged a philosopher.

Among his many accomplishments, Lee graduated from The University of Akron School of Law, and helmed his own law business.

He is survived by his wife Sally, his child Austen (Steve), siblings Shirley Schwantes (Gene), Herbert Peterson (Linda), and Lynn Stanley (Charles). He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and in-laws who he quietly watched and cared about. Important in his life was friend at work Kris McClain. Lee is also survived by many friends about whom he cared deeply.

An obsessive Coca-cola drinker, Lee preferred to dispatch his cola from glass bottles, ideally while reading a book with a cat on his lap. If he hasn't suggested reading Karl Ove Knausgaard, you haven't seen him in a while.

A graceful and intentional curmudgeon, the world is a better place because of his love and dedication to his family, friends, and humor.

He believed in Robert's Rules of Order, the importance of the democratic process, was appalled by extremist political groups, and hoped the peaceful transition of power will continue.

A man of letters, Lee had an abiding love for the Cleveland Guardians, museums, and good music. He made sure that his family saw Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, classic jazz, and David Sedaris when they came anywhere near the Akron area.

His family will miss him forever, and we were lucky to be a part of his life. All that remains is the love.

Join friends and family to share memories October 14th, 4:00-7:00 pm at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Road, Copley, OH 44321.

In lieu of flowers, consider taking a kid to a ballgame, or making a donation to the Brattleboro Literary Festival with "Lee Petersen donation" in the memo line. To donate by check-please make out to the "Brattleboro Literary Festival" and send it to the address below.
Brattleboro Literary Festival
P.O. Box 1116
Brattleboro, VT, 05302-1116

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3475 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44321

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