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Earle Kenneth Petersen

Earle Kenneth Petersen, age 97, of Cokato, formerly of Dassel, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007 at the Hutchinson Community Hospital.

Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1:30 a.m. at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church, rural Dassel, with visitation from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment was in the church cemetary.

Earle was born Feb. 27, 1909 at Brainerd, the son of Peter O. and Mabelle (Everest) Petersen. His youth was spent in the Brainerd area, where he attended and graduated from the Brainerd High School.

In addition to Brainerd, Earle had resided in Bemidji, Minn., Aberdeen and Sioux Falls, S.D., and in 1994, moved to Dassel. For the past year, he had made the Brookridge Apartments in Cokato his home

While living in Aberdeen, Earle was the superintendent of the water department for the City of Aberdeen for many years. Later, while living in Sioux Falls, he was the maintenance supervisor at the Children Home Society of Sioux Falls.

Earle enjoyed going to flea markets whenever he could, always looking for that special bargain that he would buy for a quarter and sell for 35 cents. Besides his love of reading, his enjoyment of music was ever present in his life. He loved to sing, and enjoyed sharing his talent by singing in the area churches, wherever he lived.

Earle is survived by his children with his first wife, Ruby (Osborne): Jan (Robert) Thompson of Escondido, Calif., Dwayne (Kathy) Petersen of Fridley, Karin (Richard) Wittmann of Port Orange, Fla., and Judy (Dwight) Weniger of Lakeville; and his children with his second wife, Geraldine: Judith Scott of Fruita, Colo., Kenneth (Lois) Petersen of Barron, Wis., and Donna (Edwin) Johnson of Mexico.

He is further survived by a sister, Dorothy Blackwood of Cokato; a brother, Dale Petersen of Beaver Dam, Wis.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine; infant daughter, Dianne; daughter Marilyn Brassart; brothers Harlan and Everett; and his sister, Geraldine Remington.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel.

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