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Laurel Weldon Peterson

Laurel Weldon Peterson passed away Jan. 18, 2004 at the Cokato Manor. He had reached the age of 89 years, four months, and two days.

Laurel was born Sept. 17, 1914 at Rice Lake in Stockholm Township, to Edwin and Cornelia (Bednar) Peterson.

He grew up on a farm in Rice Lake. He was baptized and confirmed at the Stockholm Lutheran Church. Laurel attended Rice Lake school until eighth grade. In 1934 he graduated from Cokato High School.

Laurel's love for music began with the Floyd Munson Orchestra where he sang and played the trumpet. Listeners tuned into KFAM, St. Cloud, each Saturday to enjoy their music.

Laurel was united in marriage to Elaine Midtling March 1, 1942 at the Stockholm Lutheran Church. The couple made their home in Cokato. Laurel worked as a carpenter most of his life. He retired as the Wright County building inspector at age 68. Laurel continued for 11 more years as the Winsted building inspector.

Laurel was involved in many organizations ­ he was a member of the first Boy Scouts of America Rice Lake Troop, the Music Lovers Band, a church choir member for 35 years, served on the church council, president of the Cokato Historical Society, member of the Carpenters Union for 54 years, and was the first Wright County building inspector.

Laurel faithfully volunteered his many talents, playing and singing at nursing homes, queen contests, and civic and social events.

Laurel's hobbies included collecting and repairing musical instruments, especially violins. His love for woodworking inspired the building of grandfather clocks and wall clocks for his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. A number of clocks were also made for other family members and friends.

The outdoors was very special to Laurel. He loved to fish, hunt, and trap; and loved his squirrels. Birds became a special part of his life, and gave dad and mother much enjoyment.

Laurel was preceded in death by his parents, son Daniel, and brothers Larry and Lloyd.

He is survived by his wife Elaine, daughters Ramona (Tom) Franke, Lana (Don) Trippel, Linda (Ed) Keith, and Jeanie (Ralph) Reinfeld, and son Timothy (Connie) Peterson; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and sister Ruby Sand.

Funeral services for Laurel Peterson were Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. The Rev. John Peterson, the Rev. David Wall, and Weldon Peterson officiated.

Music was provided by Karen Anderson and the Lutheran church choir.

Casketbearers were Laurel's grandchildren Todd, Troy, Tim, and Tom Franke, Jason Trippel, Chris Martinson, and Scott Reinfeld.

Honorary casketbearers were Mike Degn, Milan Degn, Mark Harkman, Floyd Munson, Duane Midtling, and Levi Rost.

Interment was at Stockholm Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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

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