Funeral services for Einer Alvin Peterson, age 67 of Arizona and formerly of Hutchinson, were held Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997 at 2 p.m. at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.
Officiating was the Reverend Tom Evans. The organist was William Niebuhr who played "In the Garden" and sang solos of "How Great Thou Art" and "On Eagles Wings." Casketbearers were Jack Smith, John Thompson, Allan Schlueter, Jim McKay, Rick Voss and Ron McKay. Interment was in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.
Einer was born the son of Jorgen A. and Karen M. (Jorgensen) Peterson on July 2, 1930 in Hutchinson. He was baptized on July 20, 1930 at Faith Lutheran Church, formerly known as Main Street Lutheran, by the Reverend Svendson. Einer was confirmed by the Reverend N.B. Hanson on April 2, 1944.
Einer attended Hutchinson Public Schools and graduated in 1948.
On Aug. 2, 1949 Einer was united in marriage to Verona Schlueter. Einer and Verona moved to Illinois in 1957, where he worked for the railroad and later for the United States Post Office. In 1968 they moved to Arizona and then in 1972 they moved back to Minnesota. Einer retired from the Post Office in 1989 and the couple then returned to Arizona in 1993, where Einer worked for the Gilbert School Bus Company in Gilbert, Ariz.
Einer was a hardworking man who always loved and thought highly of his family. He devoted his life to making things better for Verona and his children. Einer was very supportive of his family and loved to tease and be teased by them.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, Einer A. Peterson entered eternal rest at the age of 67 years, five months and 11 days at the Chandler Regional Hospital in Arizona.
He is survived by his wife, Verona of Chandler, Ariz.; children: Cheryl Hester of Tempe, Ariz., Jerome Peterson of Blaine, and Colleen Peterson of Chandler; and grandchildren: Steven and Michael Hester of Tempe, and Brian and Amy Peterson of Blaine.
Further surviving him are his sister Ruth McKay of Hutchinson and many nephews, great nephews, cousins and one uncle.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Jorgen and Karen Peterson and a sister, Evelyn Peterson.