Donald J. Peterson
Donald Joseph Peterson was born on March 24, 1919 in rural Eagle Bend, Minnesota the son of William and Lily Mae (Dobbins) Peterson. He attended country school at the Carter school near Eagle Bend through the eighth grade. He farmed in the Eagle Bend area until he was united in marriage to Rachel Springer on March 19, 1941. Donald then became employed by the Weyerhauser Timber Company in Longview, Washington.
Donald enlisted in the United States Army on December 28, 1941 and served in the European Theatre as a truck and tank driver. He was discharged on November 11, 1945 from Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
Donald purchased his farm on July 15, 1946 near Alexandria. He also was employed at Osborne McMillan/Hubbard Milling from March 24, 1953 to March 24, 1984. Rachel died on March 18, 2005, and Donald lived on the farm until 2008 when he entered Edgewater Vista where he continued to live until his death on April 1, 2012. He is survived by his five children: Ace (Penny) of Montrose, Colorado; Lee (Becky) of Wasilla, Alaska; Ian (Sue) of Mannsville, NY; Ardelle (Howard) Hanson of Garfield, MN; and Eunice (Mike) Bolles of Elbow Lake, MN. Donald also has ten grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Donald was influential in the lives of many of his children’s friends, especially Ruth, Buddy Anderson and Judy (Gary) Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rachel, two sisters and three brothers.
A funeral service will be held on April 6, 2012 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria with Roy Williams, Martha Nelson, and Jane Miller, officiating. Music was provided by Ruth and Buddy Anderson, singers and Rhonda Navratil, keyboardist. Pallbearers will be Jason Carlson, Matthew Loverink, Jesse Loverink, Chris Hanson, Karen Carlson, and Earl Peterson. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Home of Alexandria, MN was in charge of the funeral arrangements.