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David C. Peterson, 85

Nov 27, 2020

David Peterson

Blue Earth – Funeral services for David Clare Peterson, age 85, of Blue Earth, were on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at Life Family Church in Blue Earth. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth. David went to be with the Lord on Wednesday afternoon Nov. 18, 2020 with family by his side at Parker Oaks in Winnebago.

David Clare Peterson was born May 14, 1935 to Anton and Alma (Haneland) Peterson on the family farm in Verona Township. He was a lucky man that grew up with nine siblings in a home that clearly knew the Lord and had deep roots that were strengthened by great faith. He worked alongside his many siblings in supporting the Peterson family farm and graduated Huntley High School in 1953.

After graduation David began farming with his older-brother Raymond and entered the Army, where he served from 1958-1963. On Jan. 15, 1966 David married his bride of 54 years, Florence Swanson, at Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church in Glenville, and they were later blessed with four children. In addition to farming he also raised feeder cattle until the late 1980’s and dabbled in small locksmithing jobs. He retired from farming in 2015.

David was a member at Life Family Church in Blue Earth. He was best known for his ability to fix anything, as his family and friends often referred to him as, “Mr. Fix It,” he and his wife were also known to make the best mini donuts in the area. David was a funny man that enjoyed fishing, camping, watching westerns, playing cards with his kids, and hearing about his grandchildren’s successes. He also enjoyed anything chocolate, especially Hersey Almond candy bars and his favorite Norwegian treats such as kringla, cumla, and lefsa. David loved John Deere and had great pride in each of his children and grandchildren. David was blessed to live at his home until his final weeks as well as have God answer his final wishes: To get closer to home, to see his wife and family, and to be called home.

Those that are left to cherish his memory and remember his smile include his wife, Florence, of Blue Earth; children: Shelley Peterson, of South St. Paul, Jeffrey (Heidi) Peterson, of Farmington, Melissa (Chad) Diegnau, of Huntley, and Jeremy Peterson, of Lakeville; grandchildren: Katelyn, Gavin, Lindsey, and Austin; sister, Diane Schaper, of New Richland, sisters-in law, Margie Peterson, of Blue Earth and Arlene Peterson, of Cross Lake; David is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Alma Peterson; brothers: Palmer and Raymond Peterson; sisters: Maureen Orth, Katherine Cherland, Pearl Gresser, Adeline Carlson, Betty Warner, and Evelyn (Honey) Abraham.