Duane “Pete” Peterson of Sauk centre died suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. He was 79.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Father Andrew Marthaler officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will occur at a later date. A luncheon will follow the Mass.
Duane “Pete” Edward Peterson was born in St. Paul March 16, 1934, to Wallace and Christine Peterson. He began working at a young age for Guinn Trucking Service. He then began working for the Sauk Centre Elevator. In 1957, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Between 1957-1959, he worked as a helicopter mechanic for the Army and was stationed in Alabama, Kansas, and Washington, where he made the rank of corporal.
After his service in the Army, he returned to Sauk Centre where he purchased the Sauk Centre Farm Store. He later also owned and operated gas, moving, and sanitation businesses. As he retired, he purchased real estate and rented properties out.
In later years, Duane enjoyed spending time at the lake in the summer or traveling in the motorhome in the winter. He found pleasure in fishing and gardening, often giving produce and fish to family and friends. He will be remembered for his work ethic and his unique sense of humor.
Duane was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Raymond.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl; daughter Julie Meyer of Watkins; step-daughters Kim (and Mike) Hollenkamp, Linda (and Bruce) Westbrock, and Mary Jo (and Dave) Marthaler, all of Sauk Centre. Grandchildren include Brooke, Morgan, and Paige Meyer, Steven and James Hollenkamp, Andrew and Nicole Westbrock, and Sarah and Takhiya Marthaler. He is also survived by his brother Don.