Darrell Duane Peterson died peacefully at Christian Community Home in Osceola on Sept. 5 at 1:20 p.m. He was 87.
Darrell was born in Osceola, March 11, 1934, to Arvid and Angeline (Buss) Peterson. He attended and graduated from St. Croix Falls High School. While in high school he took a bus trip to a Luther League Rally in Colorado Springs, Colo. As his church was the last pick-up stop prior to departing for Colorado, there was only one seat left in the very back of the bus. Unknown to him at the time, his seat mate for the day long trip was his future bride, Barbara Paulson.
After graduating from high school, Darrell joined the Marines. While away from home, he kept in constant contact with his sweetheart with weekly letters. With six months left in his tour, he came home to marry Barbara Paulson on June 25, 1955. They packed up their things and moved to Darrell’s Marines duty station at Miramar, Calif.
After his honorable discharge from the Marines on Jan. 7, 1956, Darrell and Barbara moved home to Sand Lake, where he ran the family dairy farm. After a tragic barn fire destroyed his milking operation, Darrell worked at various construction jobs. In 1965 he joined Polk-Burnett Electric Co-op as a brush cutter, clearing the brush along the power line right of ways. He worked his way up to lineman, and after many years and promotions, he earned the position of Operations Manager. He retired from Polk Burnett Electric Co-op in 1993. Regarding his retirement, he once stated “I’ve never been busier than after I retired.” He was referring to the many activities of his 15 grandchildren that he faithfully attended.
Darrell was also active for many years as a member of the Indianhead Chorus, where he sang bass. He also sang bass in the Bethesda Church choir for decades, while his wife, Barbara, directed the choir. Darrell was very active in his church, serving on many committees and council positions. His interests also included traveling, woodworking, restoring antique cars and watching eagles from his home on Sand Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvid and Angeline (Buss) Peterson of Dresser and son-in-law Mark Luedtke of Eden Prairie, Minn.
Darrell is survived by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Peterson, children Cheryl (Jon) Cermin, Bruce (Norma) Peterson, Bryan (Susan) Peterson and Renae (David) Borden; 15 grandchildren, Hayley (Garrett) Marxen, Jeremy (Becca) Cermin, Nathan (Alli) Peterson, Ashton (James) Batchelor, Tyler (Stacey) Peterson, Ryan, Danielle, Matthew and Dylan Peterson, Jake Luedtke, Jordie (Ben) Wahlquist, Zach and Ben Luedtke, Erica (Ben) Graham and David Borden; seven great-grandchildren, Finley Ewing, Sullivan Batchelor, Ben and Everly Peterson, Eleanor Graham, and Jack and Madeline Peterson.
His funeral service will be Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at his lifelong church home, Bethesda Lutheran Church on Sand Lake. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will be at the 1872 Bethesda Cemetery. COVID prevention protocols will be in place, including spaced out seating in the sanctuary, optional spaced out seating in the basement, outdoor covered seating and the parking lot/radio (FM 101.1) option. Note that this radio frequency does not broadcast beyond the parking lot.
Darrell will be sorely missed.
Funeral arrangements were made with Grandstrand Funeral Homes in Osceola. Condolences can be left at grandstrandfh.com.