Roy "Pete" Fred Fiedler

Roy "Pete" Fred Fiedler, age 87 of Cokato, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at the Buffalo Hospital.

Pete was born to Fred and Dora Fiedler Jan. 15, 1912, at the home place, north of Allbrights Mill in Middleville Township. He was the 11th of 13th children born into the Fiedler family.

Pete attended the Maple Grove school for eight years. Later, it was there that he met his wife, Ruby Anderson, while she was a teacher there and he, a janitor.

On Sept. 2, 1939, Pete and Ruby were married. To this union, two children were born: Jim and Janet. The family lived on the home place and farmed it for several years, with Pete's mother living upstairs in the house.

From the time they were married, Pete and Ruby attended the Albion Evangelical Free Church.

In 1955, the family purchased and moved to the Clarence Lundeen farm, located east of the Maple Grove school. Pete farmed both places until 1973, when they sold the Lundeen farm and purchased a farm on Wright Co. Rd. 5, across the road from the Phil Benson's. From there, they could see every place the family had ever lived.

Farming was Pete's life. He took pride in having his fields free of weeds and the corn and soybean rows planted straight. His love of horses started at an early age and he enjoyed taking in the horse races at the Wright County Fair with his brother-in-law, Ben Anderson.

In 1981, Pete rented out a portion of the farm, and continued to farm 80 acres until 1988, when Ruby suffered a heart attack.

After Ruby's miraculous recovery, Pete found a rewarding hobby in his woodworking projects.

It was difficult for Pete to have his farm auction and move off the farm. In 1996, Pete and Ruby moved to Cokato, but their life together "in town" was brief, due to Ruby becoming seriously ill in November and passing away Dec. 28, 1996.

After Ruby's death, Pete lived at Lake Ridge Manor in Buffalo. During his stay there, his Alzheimer's condition progressed rapidly. He moved to the Cokato Manor in June, 1997, where he lived until his death at the age of 87 years, 11 months, and nine days.

In addition to his wife, Pete was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.

He is survived by his children, Jim and Janet; one grandchild, Tim (Tawnya); and one great-grandchild (Jack); and sisters, Dora Engel, Ione Anderson (Ben), and Hazel Wire.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m., at Albion Evangelical Free Church, with the Rev. James Anderson officiating. Music was by Beverly Lund, Phil Benson, and Louel Anderson. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Phil Benson, John Fiedler, David Swenson, Bill Fiedler, Bret Howard, and Jerome "Buddy" Kiehn.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Inc., Cokato and Howard Lake.

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