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Gordon "Gordy" Hugo Peterson, 75

Gordon "Gordy" Hugo Peterson, 75, of Bemidji passed away Monday, October 13, 2008 at the Havenwood Care Center, with his family by his side, after a lengthy struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).

The celebration of his life will be 11:00 am, Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji, MN with Rev. Mark Hovestal and Pastor Kent Dudley officiating. A visitation will be from 5-7:00pm, on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 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, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

He was born October 16, 1932, to Eva (Skinner) and Hugo Peterson, in Bemidji, MN. As a young boy he sold newspapers and worked at Haaken Lovik Grocery Store to support his family. He attended Bemidji Schools, was class president his junior year, graduating in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart Violet Johnson on April 12, 1952. He then worked at Kenfield Box Factory, Gambles Hardware, Reuter Furniture, and retired from Kordel Furniture. Together they bought their first and only home, where they raised their four children. Faith and family were always most important to Gordy. He drove Sunday school bus, taught Boys Brigade, ushered, helped with several building projects, painted signs, and served on many committees and boards for his church. Gordy spent his life helping others. He was an accomplished athlete who loved sports, playing football, and baseball for the Bemidji Lumberjacks, later pitching for the Bemidji Chiefs. Later in life, Gordy continued playing softball, and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in numerous activities. He loved hunting, and fishing, and helped with Fishing Has No Boundaries for several years. Gordy loved visiting with family and friends.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Children, Dennis (Nancy) Peterson, Donald (Carol) Peterson, Jeanne (Jeff) Crowser, Janet (Brian) Merschman, Grandchildren, Glory (Chris) Loebs, Michael Blodgett, Aaron Peterson, Joshua Peterson, Jayson Peterson, JaMae Crowser Great-Grandchildren, Koston Peterson, Ashton Loebs, Abby Loebs, Brothers, Edwin (Darlene) Peterson of Underwood, MN, Duane Lindsey, Glen Lindsey Jr.; Sisters, Rosetta (Lee) LaDuke, Beverly (Ralph) Kamrowski of Arizona, Lorraine (Dennis) Montgomery, Carol (Gary) Tompkins of Oklahoma, Numerous Nieces, and Nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, step-father Glen Lindsey Sr., and an infant brother.

Active Casketbearers will be Gordy's Grandchildren: Glory Loebs, Michael Blodgett, Aaron Peterson, Joshua Peterson, Jayson Peterson, JaMae Crowser, and also Chris Loebs, and Tony Merschman.

Honorary Casketbearers will be: Bob Sheldon, Rod Nelson, Glen Anderson, Louie Miller, Owen Hall, and Chuck Moen.

--Paid Obituary