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Joseph Homer Peterson

Joseph Homer Peterson, 87, Cokato, died Sept. 3, 2003, at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud.

Services were conducted Sept. 6 at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato, with the Rev. Steve Sherer officiating. Music was by Karen Anderson and Peterson’s family.

Interment was at Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Joseph Homer Peterson was born Feb. 26, 1916, in Stockholm Township to Joseph Magnus and Edith Ancella (Johnson) Peterson. He grew up on the Peterson farm near the northeast corner of Collinwood Lake. He was baptized and confirmed at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Dassel. He attended Collinwood Country School and graduated from Dassel High School.

He served during WWII, stationed in Hawaii from 1942-1945.

He married Verna Florence Lutter of Howard Lake on July 22, 1947, at St. James Lutheran Church. The couple resided in Cokato.

He was employed at the Leader Store from 1945 to 1951. He joined Ball Band Rubber Company for 19 years. He was also employed at the Corner Grocery, selling advertising for KLFD Radio and was Cokato City Clerk until his retirement in 1981.

He and his wife then formed “Dad’s Rugs” and manufactured more than 5,000 homemade ragrugs until he again retired at 75.

He was a 59-year member of the Cokato American Legion and a lifelong member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church where he participated in the church choir and served as the cemetery sexton.

He enjoyed music and was a member of the Mooers Avenue Old Timers Band and played the cello, accordion, mandolin and ukulele.

Survivors include his wife; children, BeBe (Eugene) Mackedanz of Hutchinson, Hans (Geri) of Huron, S. Dak., Winston (Joanne) of Plymouth and Jason of Hopkins; 10 grandchildren; sister, Melba Anderson and a brother, Ralph W.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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