Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2012 at Community Covenant Church in Upsala for Gene Peterson, age 83 of the Upsala area who died peacefully Monday at his home. Pastor Anna Payne & Craig Johnson will officiate and burial with full military honors will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Grey Eagle. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and after 12 Noon Friday at the church in Upsala. Military Rites provided by Upsala American Legion #350. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Stein Chapel in Long Prairie.
Gene was born to Hilmer and Olga (Fagerhaug) Peterson in Wessington Springs, South Dakota on September 7, 1928. He grew up ranching with his younger siblings Marge, Wayne, and Elmer. The Peterson family moved to Upsala when Gene was a teenager. He graduated from Upsala High School and was later drafted into the US Army. Gene finished with active duty in 1953 and soon met Lillian Porttiin. Gene and Lillian were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle on August 3, 1957. They were blessed with six children they raised while ranching and farming in South Dakota and Minnesota. Gene was a member of the Upsala Legion, Post No. 0350.
Survivors include his wife Lillian of Burtrum; children, Evelyn Hawkinson, Marilyn (Bryan) Yeschick, Sandra (Dave) Koep, Eric (Luann), Darrel (DeAnn), Diane (Tony) Smieja, brothers and sister, Wayne (Muriel), Marge (Stan) Lindholm, Elmer (Nancy), grandchildren, Steven Hawkinson, Kathleen (Troy) Waldren, Carl Hawkinson; Nick, Mitch (Tara), and Logan Samuelson; Kyle Koep and Candice Koep; Hannah (Jeremiah) Beaudin, Tyler, Makenna, and Parker Peterson; Miranda and Trenton Peterson; Austin and Avery Smieja; great grandchildren, Reann, Amber, TJ, and Shaelynn Waldren; and Cameron Carlen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilmer and Olga; brother, Eugene; aunts and uncles; brothers in law, Bert Porttiin and Art Beilke; and son in law, Dick Hawkinson.
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