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Ralph W. Peterson, 93

Ralph Winfield Peterson (husband of Marian Peterson), age 93, of Dassel, formerly of Cokato, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at his residence.

A funeral service will take place Monday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Revs. John Peterson and Steven Olson officiating. Interment will follow at the Dassel Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday evening, Dec. 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and will continue Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Ralph was born Nov. 19, 1918, in Stockholm Township, Wright County, the son of Joseph M. and Edith (Johnson) Peterson. He attended Collinwood Country School, and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1936.

Ralph was baptized and confirmed at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. He had been an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato and later, the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Ralph was united in marriage to Marian Dokken May 22, 1943, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary May 22.

The couple made their home on the family farm in Stockholm Township, near Collinwood Lake, and later at their lake home on Collinwood Lake, until 1990, when they moved into Cokato.

Ralph loved the farm, and had farmed for over 20 years. He was then employed by Mattson-Strand Steel, the Wright County Parks, during which time he helped build Collinwood Park. Later, he worked at Harlan’s Clothing in Cokato, and at the Coast to Coast and Boger Hardware stores in Cokato.

In March 2004, Ralph and Marian moved to the Lakeside Apartments in Dassel, where they have since made their home.

Ralph loved to spend time outdoors; fishing, watching the birds and animals, and the color change of the leaves. He always kept a journal of the changes of the seasons and when the ice went out on Collinwood Lake.

An avid reader, Ralph enjoyed histories, westerns, and biographies. He was proud of his children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments, and loved the times that he could spend with his family at the holidays and other times when the family would get together.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Marian Peterson of Dassel; children, Bruce (Luci) Peterson of Orlando, FL, and Lynette (Charlie) Cheesebrough of Lino Lakes; four grandchildren, Ted (Carle) Cheesebrough, Lisa (Alex) Källebo, Ann (Nate) Hultgren, and Jackie Peterson; eight great-grandchildren, Charlie, Mia, Cole and Molly Cheesebrough, Linnea and Sofia Källebo, and Nolan and Calvin Hultgren; and one sister, Melba Anderson of Dassel; as well as by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, J. Homer Peterson.