Kenneth A. Peterson, 81

Kenneth Albin Peterson, age 81, of Cokato, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton, IA.

The son of Albin and Mayme Busta Peterson, Ken was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Brownton, and graduated from the Brownton High School.

He was united in marriage to Gladys M. Pederson Oct. 24, 1953, in Brownton.

Ken served in the US military before attending the University of Minnesota and Veterinarian College, where he graduated with his DVM degree in 1963.

He operated a large and small animal and exotic animal clinic for 50 years.

Kenneth was a member of the Minnesota Veterinarian Association, North Dakota Veterinarian Association, American Legion, Pheasants Forever, and Ducks Unlimited.

He had served as an extra in the movie “To Hell and Back,” starring Audie Murphy.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Theresa Peterson; and a brother, Norman Frank Peterson.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Gladys M. “Dolly” Peterson of Cokato; his son, Warren Eric Peterson of Robbinsdale; his daughter, Susan (and Darwin) Pagnac of Colfax, IA; his twin sister, Kathrine Wendlandt of Hutchinson, MO; two grandchildren, Aaron Morgan Jacobson and Abigale Bess Peterson; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Molly.

A memorial service will take place at a later date at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato, with interment in Immanuel Cemetery in Brownton. Memorials have been designated in Kenneth’s name.

The Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton, IA has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.pencefh.com.

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