Duane Clinton Peterson, age 87, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at the Cokato Manor.
He was born at Heatwole, Hutchinson, MN, July 1, 1932, to Elmer and Agnes (Jenneke) Peterson. Duane was baptized as an infant at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, and later confirmed his faith as a youth.
He received his education in the Hutchinson area, and graduated May 31, 1950, from Hutchinson High School.
Duane joined the United States Navy in 1952, and actively served until 1956. He spent time aboard the destroyer USS Rowan DD782 as a fire control officer. He then served in the Naval Reserve from 1956 to 1960.
While in the service, Duane married Marcella Hintz Nov. 7, 1953, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. The couple was blessed with three children.
Following Duane’s time in the service, the couple made their home in Cokato until 2014, when they moved to the Good Samaritan Apartments in Howard Lake.
Duane was employed as a master bricklayer and cement finisher at Martinson Construction for 40 years. After retirement, he worked for several years at Functional Industries in Cokato.
Duane enjoyed hunting, fishing, and listening and dancing to country music (Smoking Guns, River Canyon and South 40) with Marcella, his wife of 66 years. He loved spending time with family and friends.
Duane was a member of the Cokato American Legion, and Ridgerunners snowmobile club.
He was very active in his church, St. James Lutheran in Howard Lake, serving as an elder and in many other positions.
Duane is survived by his wife, Marcella; daughters Cindy Hoskins (fiancé Chuck Duncan) and Brenda (Randy) Schaufler; son, Wayne (Kathy) Peterson; grandchildren Melissa (Stefan) Hamilton, Michael (Jenny) Hoskins, Ryan (Nikki) Schaufler, Rodney Schaufler (fiancé Shantay Krumray), Trevor (Lindsey) Peterson, and Shauna Peterson; and great-grandchildren Briana Anderson (special friend Andy Miller), Katelyn Anderson, Mason Anderson, Wyatt Hamilton, Maggie Hamilton, Hailey Hoskins (special friend Maddy Benson), Devin Hoskins and Lexi Hoskins.
He is further survived by a brother, Lowell Peterson; sisters Lavonne Kaufman, Muriel (Harold) VonBerg, and Lois (Gary) Hoffman; sister-in-law Delores Peterson; and by many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Agnes; father- and mother-in-law William and Effie Hintz; brothers Lloyd (Loretta) Peterson and Omar (Edith) Peterson; brothers-in-law Hillard Kaufman, Ray Peterson, Clinton (Audrey) Hintz, Ellwood (Evelyn) Hintz, William (Doris) Hintz Jr., and Marvin Hintz; sister-in-law Barb Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.