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Gerald S. Peterson, 62

Gerald Scott “Jerry” Peterson, age 62, of Watertown, MN, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, after a head trauma from a fall at work, surrounded by his immediate family at North Memorial Hospital.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in rural Delano. Visitation will be Saturday, from 8 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass, at the church. Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.

The Mass will be livestreamed on the Iten Funeral Home Youtube page, through the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO02pp5n8j0.

Arrangements are by Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Jerry was born March 4, 1958, in Watertown, to Glen and Adelle Peterson. He grew up on the family farm, and had a love for farming that carried throughout his entire life.

Jerry went to Willmar Vocational Technical Institute to be a diesel mechanic in 1977. He spent his last 30 years as a crane operator and mechanic.

Jerry was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Patti Motzko, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, June 9, 1979. They spent the last 32 years on family land, where they built their dream home, and raised their four children: Troy, Nicole, Amy, and Travis.

Jerry was best known for his infectious smile, family traditions, and his hard work ethic.

Jerry’s greatest joy was being grandpa to his 13 grandchildren. He loved taking them to his farm, and giving them pick-up rides up and down the driveway. He attended all their sporting events, and activities, and was always very proud of them.

Jerry had a deep love for wrestling and the wrestling community. Guests always left happier after talking to Jerry, he had a way with getting to know others like no one else could.

Jerry was preceded in death by his dad, Glen Peterson; sister, Diane Asfeld; brother-in-law, Tom Kentfield; father-in-law, Gordon “Mox” Motzko; brother-in-law, Doug Olson; and sister-in-law, Millicent Motzko.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patti (Motzko) Peterson; children: son, Troy (Tiffany) Peterson, and Kalli, Ian, Ashley, Bryce, Emily; daughter, Nicole (Brett) Sutter, and Madelyn, Shelby, Bryce, Samantha, Ella; daughter, Amy (Darik) Stein, and Callie, Alison, Hailey; son, Travis aka “PIPES” Peterson; mother, Adelle Peterson; siblings, Sandy (Lucian) Vittori, Ron Peterson, James (Dawn) Peterson, Carol Emal and Steve Chance, Nancy Peterson, Donna (Gary) Anderson, Jeff Peterson; brother-in-law, Gordan Asfeld, mother-in-law, Jean Motzko; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gary Motzko, Joni Olson (Brian Stroad), John (Danice) Motzko, Joe (Pat) Motzko, Andy (Kathleen) Motzko, Tony Motzko, Dale (Jodi) Motzko, and many nieces, and nephews.

Jerry will be greatly missed, but we know he now has the best seat in the house.

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