Gerald A. Peterson, 80

Gerald “Jerry” Peterson, age 80, of Glencoe, passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.

Gerald Alvin Peterson was born Feb. 27, 1940, in Winnebago, MN. He was the son of Alvin and Gladys (Anderson) Peterson.

Gerald was confirmed as an adult in 1963, in St. Peter, MN, and was baptized as an adult Jan. 21, 1984, at Grace Lutheran Church in Breckenridge, MN.

Gerald spent his early years in Seattle, WA, while his father worked in the shipyards. He moved to Brainerd, MN, and attended grade school. Gerald moved to Brookings, SD, started the seventh grade, and graduated from Brookings High School with the class of 1958.

Gerald joined the United States Air Force July 18, 1958, and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for basic training. He spent 2 1⁄2 years at Missawa Air Force Base in Missawa, Japan. Gerald was honorably discharged March 26, 1962.

Gerald was united in marriage to Elaine Poehler, Sept. 29, 1962, at Courtland Evangelical Lutheran Church in Courtland, MN. They were blessed with six children, Scott, Steve, Peggy, Stuart, Rhonda, and Sean.

He started working in the dry-cleaning business at Perfection Cleaners in St. Peter. Gerald also worked for Meyer’s Cleaners in Glencoe, MN. Together with his wife, they owned and operated several family run dry-cleaners in Cokato and Breckenridge, and managed several cleaners in Princeton, IL, and Burnsville, MN.

After getting out of the dry-cleaning business, he worked at Bongard’s Creamery as a boiler operator since 1990, retiring in January 2020.

Gerald has had memberships in various Lutheran churches, most recently St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, MN, since 1991.

Gerald enjoyed fishing, traveling, camping, and was a big sports fan. He cherished the time he spent with his family. Gerald loved music; he and Elaine enjoyed listening to various bands.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Elaine Peterson of Glencoe; children, Scott Peterson and his wife, Peggy, of Cottonwood, MN; Steve Peterson and his wife, Janet, of Robbinsdale, MN; Stuart Peterson and his wife, LaDonna, of Lakefield, MN; Sean Peterson of San Marcos, CA; Peggy Morris and her husband, Mike, of Bloomington, IL; and Rhonda Ward of Arlington, MN; grandchildren, Justin Peterson and his wife, Brittany; Jon Peterson; Ryan Peterson and his wife, Kassie; Kurt Peterson; Aaron Peterson and his wife, Samantha; Tyler Peterson and his wife, Dana, Cullen Peterson; Simeon Peterson; Noah Ward; Zachery Morris; Kaylie Prehn and her husband, Adam; Lyndsey Slade and her husband, William; Alyssa Fimon and her husband, Zach; Raya Peterson; Krista Peterson; Courtney Morris; Karen Morris; great-grandsons, Parker Peterson; Greyson Peterson; Cain Peterson; Kannon Prehn; Jack Fimon; Turner Peterson; Xaiden Slade; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Darlene Poehler of Nicollet, MN; Harold Poehler and his wife, Betty, of Bloomington, MN; Richard Poehler and his wife, Marian, of Good Thunder, MN; James Poehler of Cambridge, MN; Adeline Magras of Howard Lake, MN; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Gladys Peterson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Tunie Poehler; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Poehler, Trudi Anderson; brothers-in-law, Arnold Poehler, Albert Poehler Jr., Marvin Poehler, Robert Poehler, George Poehler, and Ron Anderson.

A private funeral service and private family visitation took place Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with interment following at the church cemetery.

Pastor Eric Nelson officiated and Lynn Mueller was organist.Casket bearers were his grandchildren, Justin Peterson, Cullen Peterson, Tyler Peterson, Raya Peterson, Alyssa Fimon, and Kaylie Prehn.

Arrangements were by Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com.

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