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Wilbur E. “Bill” Peterson


Thu, Nov 7th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Wilbur E. “Bill” Peterson. age 91, of Harmony, Minn. died Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013, at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.

Bill was born November 7, 1921 in Otisco, Minn., to Elmer and Elma Peterson. He moved to the Harmony in his early teens and graduated from Harmony High School in 1939. After continuing his education as a Machinist in Winona, Minn. Bill applied his skills at the Naval Ship Yard in Bremerton, Wash. re-building ships damaged during the war. He returned to Harmony in 1943 to marry his longtime sweetheart Mae Peterson on June 26 at the Harmony State Line Church. Together they moved back to Washington State where he continued working at the Naval Ship Yard. Bill joined the Air Force and served as a Squadron Crew Chief.

Mae and Bill returned to Harmony in 1947 to start a family and work alongside his father at Peterson Auto Service. They continued to operate this business until Bill, along with a few local business men, started a venture which soon became Harmony Enterprise Corporation “HECO”. Bill wore many hats while working at HECO including Chief Engineer and Vice President. After retiring for the first time in 1986, Bill and Mae owned and operated the Country Lodge Motel until they sold it in 1996.

Bill loved his family, church and home. He served in many capacities to help develop and improve his community and church. He was especially proud of being honored with the Melvin Jones Award from Lions Club International which recognized his passion to serve.

Bill is survived by 3 children: Robert (Sandy) Peterson of Gainesville, Flo., Carolyn (Bruce) Morem of Lake Geneva, Wis. and Gordon (Sandi) Peterson of Rockford, MI; 6 grandchildren: Sharon Peterson, Nikki (Jim) Hunkins, Austin (Jade) Morem, Eric Peterson, Cory (Caitlin) Peterson and Kyle Peterson; 6 great grandchildren: Kaelyn Nash, Sydney Nash, Ella Hunkins, Jocelyn Morem, Avett Morem and Emma Hunkins; a sister, Dolores (Dudley) Keech; a brother-in-law, Willard Peterson; and 2 sisters-in-law: Luanne Peterson and Ruth Peterson. Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Beulah “Mae” who died on October 12, 2011.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Harmony. Interment with Military rites will follow at State Line Cemetery, rural Harmony. Friends may call from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony and 1 hour before the service at the church.

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