Frederick  Petesch

Frederick Allen Petesch

Monday, June 11th, 1962 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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Frederick Allen Petesch, 57, Lincoln, NE, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020, with his wife by his side after a long courageous battle with cancer.

A visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, limited to 10 people at a time. Memorials are suggested to Atchison Humane Society or the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at

Fred was born June 11, 1962 in Salina, KS, the son of John and Cratis Petesch. He graduated from Atchison High School in 1981. He served in the United States Army for three years and then contracted with the Army for 35 years as a helicopter mechanic. Fred proudly worked beside soldiers maintaining military helicopters in Desert Storm, Bosnia and Iraqi Freedom. He lived in Germany for 20 years and learned to speak the language. He loved to share his travel stories. Fred ended his career in Lincoln, Nebraska working for the FFA as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness) in what he called his dream job. There he was surrounded by amazing and wonderful people. Fred had a passion for flying since he was a boy and a successful career in aviation. He was a private pilot and a certified A&P mechanic with an inspector authorization. An adrenaline junkie enjoying cycling, kite surfing, weight lifting and snowboarding, he had a very active life.

He is survived by his wife, Julie (Turner Lowe) of the home, his parents, John and Cratis Petesch, Easton, KS, siblings, Shirley (Joe) Catone, Texas, John Petesch, Horton, KS, Kathy (Lowell) Thornton, Topeka, KS, Coleen (Gerald) Frans, St. Joseph, MO and several nieces and nephews.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home
    800 Kansas Ave
    Atchison, KS 66002
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    A visitation with the family will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, limited to 10 people at a time.


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Arnold Turner

Posted at 09:48am
My deepest sympathies during this time of loss, my thoughts/prayers are with a fallen Colleague and your family during this difficult time.

Marlyn Beisner

Posted at 07:54am
With the short period of time we had getting to know Fred and so blessed to have him as a co-worker. His uplifting personality and motivation to never turn down a challenger was always an inspiration to everyone he came in touch with. Fred will always be in our hearts and his memories cherished forever. Thoughts and prayers to the family.
Marlyn Beisner

Sylvia Petesch

Posted at 06:34am
You are in my thouhts and in my mind..forever
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Jim Angela

Posted at 10:47pm
We love Fred and send our deepest sympathy and prayers for his family. We met Fred in Katterbach, Germany. He always had a smile on his face, was always so positive, and he was a true friend. We spent many days motorcycling on the autobahn. I was with Fred when he almost died in Sarajevo. Nope, a Bradley tank couldn't take him down. Fred recently tracked us down after our Town of Paradise, CA burned down. We learned of his fight for life. We sure do love Fred and wish we had our photos of him on his motorcycle to share. We hold those memories in our hearts forever.
Our hearts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace dear friend. Until we meet again - Jim and Angela Casler.

Jörg Schwald

Posted at 04:58am
This Way you have to go without us, but you never Walk alone! R.I.P. Fred

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