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Wallace Harold Peterson

Wallace Harold Peterson, age 81, of Waverly, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place today, April 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with the Rev. Timothy Cloutier officiating.

Visitation was Sunday April 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and will continue today at 9 a.m., prior to the Mass

He was born Sept. 19, 1924, and raised, on the family farm in Maryville Township, Wright County, which was homesteaded in 1868 by his Swedish grandfather.

Wally started his career as a farmer. However, in answering the call of World War II, he became a carrier pilot (“tailhooker”) which resulted in a 27-year naval career, retiring at the rank of commander.

After WWII, Wally returned to a brief stint in farming, before enjoying a 29-year career as an Eastern Airlines pilot.

Most importantly, Wally was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His other passions included hobby pilot, avid horseman, sportsman, and golfer.

Wally is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Arleen (Stumpf); children, Sheila (Mike) Gilmer, Steph (Don) Durand, Cindy (Gary) Theisen, Cathy (Augie) Riebel, Patty (Tim) Lammers, John (Colleen) Peterson, and Wally Jr. “Pete” (Annette) Peterson; adoring grandchildren: Rachel, Joel, Gina, Jeff, Cecelia, and Dominic Gilmer; Ben, Bart, Val, and Jack Durand; Brooke (Theisen) and Mike Cebulla; Mitchell and Tessa Theisen; Dalton, Cleo, Quinn, and Laine Lammers; Erick, Ted, Charles, Thomas, and Josephine Peterson; and Spencer and McKenna Peterson; and great-grandchildren, Tyson and Elsa Cebulla.

He is further survived by a sister, Dorothy Larson; nephews Harry, Jr.; Jim, Paul, and Don Larson; and sisters-in-law Margie (Fitzpatrick) Balboul, and Jane (Fitzpatrick) Nilan.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Elgot Peterson and Rachel (Dignan) Peterson; one infant brother; in-laws Edward and Amanda Stumpf, and Jimmy and Mabel Fitzpatrick; and granddaughter Eve Theisen.

Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano; memorials to the family preferred.

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