Seymour Allen Peterson, age 89, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
A funeral service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. Preceding the service will be a very brief graveside memorial service at 11 a.m. at Dassel Community Cemetery, and family and friends may gather at the church following the graveside service.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the arrangements.
Seymour was born Sept. 22, 1924, in Dassel, the son of Carl J. Peterson, and Olga (Lindquist) Peterson. He grew up and graduated from the Dassel High School.
Seymour was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel at the time of his death.
He was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps, and proudly served his country during World War II.
He initially enrolled at the University of Minnesota, with an agronomy major to study modern hybrid seed technology. Although the family seed corn business was a good opportunity, his passion was for mechanics and invention. He eventually left the university, and purchased a controlling interest in Storm Industries, a budding Dassel business supplying poultry equipment to the egg industry.
Seymour was united in marriage to his wife, Lorraine, Oct. 26, 1951, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2011.
As newlyweds, the couple made their home in Dassel, until 1975, when they moved to Minneapolis, motivated by Seymour’s new job at the St. Paul 3M plant. He also worked at Hewett Tool, and eventually became a production line engineer for Donaldson Company, where he worked designing production line equipment for various plants around the world until his official retirement in 2005, at the age of 81.
Seymour enjoyed reading, writing, photography, and singing in the church choir. He was proud of the 15 patents that he held for products that he had invented.
During his tenure as mayor of Dassel village, Seymour was instrumental in designing today’s paved streets, curb and gutter, and modern sanitary and storm sewers. His past months were consumed with helping the Dassel Area Historical Society document the Dassel area seed business, and was also working on a history for Storm Industries, as well.
Seymour is survived by four children, Jan (Ross) Flynn of Detroit, MI; Joan (Kurt) Frantzen of Colchester, CT; Ford (Barb) of Dassel, and Wade, of Minneapolis; six grandchildren: Justin Flynn, Ginger Payton, Jonathan Flynn, Nels Frantzen, Garth Frantzen, and Renee Krueger; and five great-grandchildren: Haley Flynn, Hannah Flynn, Austin Payton, Gabriel Payton, and Daniel Payton.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Lorraine, on July 20, 2012; his parents; and his sister, Louise Guhl.