He was a graduate of Fridley High School and a veteran of the Vietnam and Gulf (Desert Storm) wars.
The centerpiece of his life was his family and his deep faith in God. Mr. Peterson was a longtime member of the American Legion, Boy Scout troop leader, coach, hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, artist and a passionate reader. He loved the North Shore and BWCA. He cherished his grandchildren.
His memorial service was Friday, May 13 at St. John Lutheran Church in Zimmerman, officiated by the Rev. Tom Koellen. Interment was private. Arrangements were made by Dare’s Funeral Home of Elk River.
Mr. Peterson is survived by wife, Kathy; son, Donny; daughters. Noel (James) Struck, Rebecca (Joshua) Longawa, and Christina (Aaron) Rogers; grandchildren, Trey, Sydney, Jason, Jesse, Ian, Aimee and Roman.