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Peter Ralph Barberg, 71

Memorial service:

There will be a memorial service Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato, preceded by visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Interment with military honors will follow at the Finnish Cemetery.


Peter Ralph Barberg, age 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.

He was born June 6, 1942, in Cokato, at the home of his parents, Ralph and Laina.

Peter graduated from Cokato High School in 1960. He continued his education at Luther College in Wahoo, NE. Later, he was accepted into Naval Aviation school in Pensacola, FL, where he became a flight instructor.

While there, he met and married his wife, Paula Mullins. This union was blessed with three children, Kevin (Kelleylynn), Karla (Paul) Rainville, and Kirk.

After his time spent in the Navy, Peter was employed by American Airlines. Along with flying, he enjoyed travel and later, mining of precious metals.

Peter is survived by his three children and their spouses; nine grandchildren; siblings Grace Pierre-Louis, Keith (Janet) Barberg, Marianne (Phil) Nelson, and Colleen (Terry) Milford; along with other nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, www.swansonpeterson.com.

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