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John Peterson


Wed, Mar 20th, 2013
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John Peterson, age 82, of Decorah, IA died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Barthell Eastern Star Nursing Home in Decorah, Iowa.

John LeRoy Peterson was born on September 5, 1930, the son of John and Lenora (Danielson) Peterson, Sr., on the family farm north of Decorah. John was baptized September 28, 1930 at the Hauge Lutheran Church, rural Decorah. John attended country school and graduated from Decorah High School in 1949. John served in the US Army in the Military Police in Japan for two years. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Anderson on August 25, 1956, at the Henrytown Lutheran Church, near Harmony, Minn. Together they farmed north of Decorah for many years. John enjoyed woodworking, getting together with the “Monday Nighters,” square dancing and polka dancing with the Skyliner Polka Club. He enjoyed playing cards and visiting with family and friends. John was a member of the Burr Oak Lutheran Church, Burr Oak, IA., where he served on the church Council. He also was on the Board of Directors for the Midland Coop. He was a member of the Helof Holm VFW Chapter #1977 in Decorah, and the Joseph B. Lund American Legion Post #299 in Mabel, Minn.

John is survived by his wife: Lorraine Peterson, Decorah; one daughter, Lori (Joe) Musil, Ely, IA.; four sons, Brent (Pam) Whitehouse Station, NJ, Bradley (Rhonda) Peterson, Bruce (Lisa) Peterson, and Brian (Becky) Peterson, all of Decorah. Fifteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Grace) Peterson, and Charles (Rose) Peterson, both of Decorah; one sister, Helen (Rev. O. Paul) Hougen, Decorah; one sister-in-law: Nila Klinge, Cedar Rapids, IA, along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents: John and Lenora (Danielson) Peterson, Sr.; two sisters, Lucella (Virgil) Bender and Doris (Walter) Bender; one brother, Ervin (Dorothy) Peterson; John’s father and mother-in-law, Irvin and Ruth Anderson; two brothers-in-law, Willard (Mary) Anderson and Norm Klinge.

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