Douglas Edward Peterson, 75, of Bemidji died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Monday, May 12, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Bemidji with Rev. Gay Albers officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 pm, Sunday, May 11, 2014 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji.
Doug was born February 5, 1939 the son of Edward and Iva (Pearson) Peterson. He was raised and educated in Bemidji, graduating from Bemidji High School in 1957. He married JoAnne Buzick in 1959 and they were later divorced. He owned and operated the Log Cabin Grocery Store for several years and then became the produce manager at Red Owl. He married Sandra Gregg Hill on February 11, 1978 in Bemidji. Sandy and Doug ran a series of restaurants; Sandys (in the mall), Sandys Mug and Muffin and Sandys Outdoorsman in Blackduck. Doug was a compassionate salesman for Little Falls Granite Works for over 30 years. He also was a project manager for Shorequest for several years. Sandy died in 2010. Doug married Darlene Guest Busch on Sept. 7, 2013.
Community service was very important to Doug. He served as a Bemidji city councilman and then served as a longtime Mayor for the City of Bemidji from 1975 to 2000. For 25 years, Dougs smile was the face of Bemidji. He was also a dedicated Volunteer Bemidji Fireman for many years. He was a member of the Bemidji Masonic Lodge # 233, and was on the board of directors for the Bemidji Red Cross.
Doug loved being with his family and enjoyed attending their activities and sporting events. He was an excellent carpenter and loved spending time making "sawdust" as well as making model trains and airplanes. His pride and joy every Christmas season was his light display.
He is survived by his wife- Darlene of Brooklyn Park, MN, 2 daughters- Sheryl (Dennis) Bessler of Lake George, MN, Karen Dirkes of Sauk Centre, MN, 4 sons- Daniel (Theresa) Peterson of Bemidji, David Peterson of Bemidji, Kevin (Lori) Hill of Chaska, MN, Derrick (Stacy) Peterson of Shakopee, MN, Stepchildren- Terry Swenson, Tim Swenson and Lori (Dan) Dohmen, 29 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-Chester, sister- Dolly, and his 2nd wife Sandra Peterson.
Honorary Casketbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren including Jessica Anderson, James Peterson, Trista Johnson, Doug Peterson, Jr. , Jake Peterson, Justin Bessler, Brent Bessler, Michelle Bessler, Brittney Peterson, Lacey Peterson, Shawnathan Peterson, Morgan Oehrlein, Paige Dirkes, Rachael Dirkes, Brooke Dirkes, Salina Julin, Tyler Hill, Jacob Hill, Breanna Peterson, and Derrick Peterson, Jr. Active Casketbearers will be the Bemidji Fire Department Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to the family. Messages of condolence may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.