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Duane "Pete" Peterson

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Duane "Pete" Peterson

After a long illness, Duane "Pete" Peterson, 82, of Blackduck, MN, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

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Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 13, 2013 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Blackduck, MN with Fr. Raul Perez-Cobo officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Orth Cemetery in Northome. Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck assisted the family with arrangements.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Rickey Nelson, Robert Nelson, Duane M. Peterson, Edmund D. Peterson, Jason Peterson, Ethan Peterson, Daniel Venegas and Matthew Scheel.

Pete was born May 13, 1931 in Mohall, North Dakota to Peter and Dorthea (Mueller) Peterson. The family moved to Hornet Township in rural Blackduck when Pete was 2 months old. He attended Murray School in Hornet Township then attended Blackduck High School for two years. He was in the US Army from 1950-52. Following his discharge from the Army, he worked at Hanna Mining Co. in 1953. He married Cedelia M. Murray on June 7, 1954 in Blackduck, MN. He went to work for Cleveland-Cliffs Co. from 1962 and in 1967, the family moved to Superior, WI. where he worked until 1980. He worked on oil rigs and on the Great Lakes from 1980-86. They moved to Pensacola, FL in 1983 before he went to work for Bethlehem Steel Co. in 1986. They moved back to Blackduck that same year. He retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1996.

He loved cooking and baking, reading, walking in to the woods until he was unable to, telling stories about his life and loved music. He enjoyed playing the piano, organ and accordion. He used to line his children up on the staircase while playing the organ. He and the children would sing Christmas songs and a personal favorite, "You Are My Sunshine."

Pete was a member of the Blackduck American Legion where he enjoyed preparing meals. He also enjoyed cutting firewood and repairing furniture. He never liked to talk about the special awards he received because he was a private person when it came to his achievements. Even though he worked away from home, he always made sure he spent quality time with his children, by reading to them, playing tickle time or coming up the stairs making noises so his kids would laugh. Those memories will always bring joy and laughter to the hearts of his family.

He is survived by is wife, Cedelia Peterson of Blackduck; children, Edmund Peterson of Blackduck, Duane (Maria) Peterson of Ossow, MI, Lucy (fianc Al Clark) Nelson of Superior, WI, Rebecca (Bert) Edquist of Valparaiso, IN, Dorothy Peterson of Isanti, MN, Marc (Kim) Peterson of Watertown, WI, Gregory Peterson of Superior, WI and Daniel (fiance Bethany) Peterson of Bemidji; 11 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; a sister, Delores Mae Achanbach of Chisago, MN; several nieces and nephews and his dog, Little Bit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Dora Peterson; a son-in-law, Rickey Nelson and a brother-in-law, Herb Achanbach.

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