GAYLORD - John W. Peterson, age 80, of Gaylord, Minn., passed away Sunday, July 20, 2008, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center of Gaylord.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2008, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Winthrop, Minn., with 3:30 p.m. interment in Riverside Cemetery, St. Mathias Township, Crow Wing County, rural Brainerd. Memorials preferred to Gideon's International, Evangelical Covenant Church or the Gaylord Rotary Club for the STRIVE Scholarship.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
John Walter Peterson was born on July 18, 1928, in Brainerd, Minn. He was the son of Walter and Marguerite (Anderson) Peterson. He received his education in Brainerd and was a 1946 graduate of Washington High School. John went on to further his education and received his bachelor of science degree in 1957. He continued his education and received his master's degree in 1966, both at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus.
On May 22, 1960, John was united in marriage to Lois Johnson at the First Baptist Church in Brainerd. After their marriage the couple resided in Gaylord, where he was employed as the Sibley County extension agent. John and Lois were blessed with three children and they shared 35 years of marriage before Lois passed away on Nov. 7, 1995.
John is survived by his children, Mark LaCelle-Peterson and his wife, Kristina, of Houghton, N.Y., Jane Peterson, of Gaylord, Minn., and Dean Peterson, of St. Paul; two grandchildren, Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson and Linnea LaCelle-Peterson; brothers, Ben Peterson and his wife, Pauline, of St. Peter, Minn., and Harvey Peterson and his wife, Bea, of Brainerd, Minn.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
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