Lowell Oscar Peterson, Sr., 92, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at his home.
He was born May 12, 1922, ini Collinwood Township, the son of Oscar Theodore and Josephine (Granlund) Peterson. Lowell grew up on the family farm, where he helped with farm chores and field work.
Lowell was confirmed, and later was baptized as an adult at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church. He dearly loved his church and church family, and faithfully served for years as the sexton of the church cemetery.
Lowell served his country during World War II in the Army, seeing action in the Pacific Theater from October 1942 until December 1945, when he was discharged and returned home to Lorane, and his twin sons. He was always proud of his country and his military service.
Lowell was united in marriage to Lorane E. Bergquist Feb. 22, 1944, at the Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato. Together, they made their home and farmed in Collinwood Township, where they raised their six children and lovingly spent time with their numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lowell enjoyed spending time socializing and having coffee with everyone he met.
He loved his family deeply, and enjoyed spending time with them.
He was especially proud of the Longhorn cattle that he raised, and loved to see the apples harvested from the trees in the fall. Lowell loved nature, and enjoyed the years of farm work. He also enjoyed collecting toys, refrigerator magnets, and farm decals and stickers, which he would put on everything.
Lowell loved root beer, and had a bowl of jelly beans always available for a quick treat.
If you did a job for Lowell, he always had a $5 bill that was just waiting to be handed out for a job well done.
He loved kids, and especially loved his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchild, even buying a tricycle, a wagon, and a sled to have around the farm for the children to have something to play with.
He is survived by his wife, Lorane, of Dassel; children, Steven (Bonnie) Peterson, Lowell Jr. (Lorraine) Peterson, Arlene (David) Prieve, Wendy (Jeff) Rausch, and Meribeth (Thomas) Reynolds, all of Dassel; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Lowell is further survived by a sister, Marjorie Mattson of Cokato; a daughter-in-law, Marsha Peterson of Dallas, TX; and special neighbor, Calvin Anderson.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael; granddaughter, Kimberly Peterson; and his parents, Oscar and Josephine Peterson.
His funeral service took place Saturday, Jan. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church in rural Dassel, with the Rev. Douglas Pierce officiating.
There was time to gather with the family Friday evening, Jan. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church in rural Dassel, as well as one hour before the service Saturday.
There will be an interment this spring at the Lake Jennie Covenant Church Cemetery.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of the funeral arrangements.