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Arnold O. Peterson, 90

Arnold Oscar Peterson, age 90, of Howard Lake, formerly St. Louis Park, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Dec. 23, 2011.

He was born Sept. 1, 1921, in Kingston, to Oscar and Hulda Peterson, one of 10 children.

Arnold graduated from Kimball High School, and went on to join the Navy. He was a member of the 45th Batallion SeaBees stationed in the Pacific during World War II.

Arnold was married to Mildred (Millie) Johnson at Redeemer Lutheran Church in 1944. While residing in Minneapolis, and later, St. Louis Park, they raised one daughter and three sons.

Arnold worked at Minneapolis Moline, Standard Oil Company, and Business Incentives.

Arnie and Millie moved to Howard Lake in 2002, due to Millie’s failing health. Arnie lovingly cared for and visited her daily at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Care Center until she passed away in 2006. They were married for nearly 62 years.

Arnold’s lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ was an inspiration to many. He was involved in the founding of Christ Memorial Lutheran, a mission church in Minnetonka, and later became president of the congregation. He served as an elder for many years at Zion Lutheran in Hopkins, where he and Millie volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program.

At St. John’s Lutheran in Howard Lake, Arnold was involved with OOWAPOI and the weekly men’s Bible study.

Healthy and vital to the very end, Arnie enjoyed playing cards and was relentless competitive at cribbage. He became an avid reader later in life, consuming hundreds of library books every year. Arnold was proud of the fact that he worked out five days per week at the local gym, including the day before he died.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Sophie; wife of 61 years, Mildred; brother Alden; sister Lorraine; grandson Jared; and son-in-law Peter Dierker.

Arnold is survived by a daughter, Carol (Gary) Gedde; sons Paul (Eileen), Thomas (Kathryn), and James (Sandra); brothers Wilbert and Roger (Maxine); sisters Margie Mueller, Margaret (Bill) Hendrickson, Dorothy (Ernest) Larson, Estella Merriman, and Marlene (Roger) Ahlm; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake with visitation one hour prior to service.

Arrangements were handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.