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Kenneth B. Peterson

Kenneth B. Peterson, age 87, of Wessington Springs and formerly of Huron and Wolsey, died Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at the Huron Regional Medical Center.  His funeral service was Friday, December 7th at 11AM at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Rinearson officiating.  Burial was in the Resthaven Cemetery at Alpena with military rites by the Alpena American Legion. 

Kenneth was born on February 19, 1920, at northeast Jerauld County to Jens and Anna (Bergeleen) Peterson.  He was baptized in the Earlville Lutheran Church in Burr Oak Township and confirmed in Bethany Lutheran at Woonsocket.  He attended the Lane Consolidated School, the Wake Country School, and graduated from Alpena High School in 1938.  He was employed at the Farmers Union Oil Company in Alpena and the Sanborn County Coop Oil Station before being drafted into the United States Army in May 1942, during World War II.  He attended basic training in Heavy Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  In July 1942, Ken was transferred to the East Coast where he and twenty-one South Dakota soldiers joined the 200th Heavy Field Artillery Group of Pennsylvania and shipped out from Camp Kilmore, New Jersey.  After training at a castle in Northern Island, they were moved to a camp near London in January 1943.  They later moved to another camp in southwest England until shipping off to France in June 1943, landing on Omaha Beach on D+2 Day.  While in Europe, the group was credited with having fought in six different battles.  The unit ended up in Czechoslovakia before being shipped back to the United States in September 1945.  The thirty-seven months in the Army was Kenneth’s first time away from home, and although he had furloughs in London, Bath and Bristol, he never had one in the United States.

On June 10, 1948, in the presence of family members, Kenneth married Ardis Brammer at the home of her parents, Charles and Ida Brammer.  They were blessed with two daughters, Darlys Jean (Jerry) Baum of Burlington, Iowa and Karen Marie (Martin) Christopherson of Wessington Springs.  Ken farmed with his dad until his dad’s retirement, and then with his brother Chester.  In March 1966, Ken joined the American State Bank in Wolsey.  He worked there until his retirement at the end of 1980.  In December 1974, he became a charter member of the Wolsey Lions Club and has been an American Legion member since November 1945.

On March 31, 1984, he married Norma E. Peterson and gained five more daughters, Bonnie (Ron) Hein of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Nancy (Dennis) Wagner of Huron, Carol (Jim) Curreri of Farmington, Minnesota, Peggy (Gaylan) Losing, Alpena, and Patty (Wally) Weatherford of Armour.

While in Alpena, Kenneth was a member of the United Methodist Church, while in Wolsey, the Presbyterian Church and in Huron, the First United Methodist Church.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives; two brothers, Chester and Merrill; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Huether and Paul Tebay; one sister-in-law, Joan Peterson; and one grandson, Todd Wagner.

He is survived by seven daughters and their husbands; two sisters, Golda Tebay of Alpena and Doris Huether of Chamberlain; one brother, Julian Peterson of Huron; one sister-in-law, June Peterson of Alpena; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

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