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Gordon 'Red' Peterson March 19, 1927 - Aug. 18, 2009

WILLMAR -- Gordon Orville "Red" Peterson, 82, of Willmar, died Tuesday at Bethesda PleasantView Nursing Home in Willmar.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post 167 and Finstad-Week Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1639 of Willmar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, with a 4:30 p.m. parish prayer service, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

He was born March 19, 1927, on the family farm north of Willmar to Rudolph and Malla (Anderson) Peterson. He grew up there, attended Goldenrod School and later Willmar High School. While in high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served on a repair ship in the Pacific during World War II. Following his discharge, he returned to high school, graduating in 1947. He attended post-secondary agriculture school and then began working on the family farm.

He married Betty Linhoff on Sept. 2, 1950, in Willmar. They lived on the farm, and he was the fourth generation to operate the dairy and crop farm. He retired in 1990 and continued to help on the farm.

He was a member of the Church of St. Mary, the National Farmers Organization, the Kandiyohi County Fair Board, Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post 167 and Finstad-Week V.F.W. Post 1639.

He is survived by his wife; a son: Mark (and Deborah) Peterson of Willmar; two daughters: Barbara (and Allen) Kelm of Eagan and Nancy (and Larry) Schmidt of Farmington; and five grandchildren,

He was preceded in death by two brothers.