Ronald R. Peterson, 65

Ronald R. Peterson, a resident of rural Royalton, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012, at his home surrounded by family. After a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, he was ready to meet his creator.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls, MN with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will be at the Reynolds Baptist Church Cemetery Southwest of Long Prairie, MN. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM on Friday at Grace Covenant Church in Little Falls and one hour prior to the service on Saturday also at the church. Military Honors will be conducted by the Long Prairie American Legion Post #12 and the VFW Post #1140.

Ronald R. Peterson was born in Bertha, to Richard and Ruth (Hoglund) Peterson March 24, 1947. The baby boom necessitated Ron sleeping in a dresser drawer instead of a crib. He grew up on his family’s Todd County Century Farm, attended District #15 country school through grade six and graduated from Long Prairie High School. He entered the University of Minnesota (UMN), St. Paul Campus in August 1965, but was drafted in the U.S. Army. He served two years with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in the Republic of Viet Nam and survived the Tet Offensive of 1968. Ron returned to the UMN, earning a degree in plant and soil science. His training led to careers in commercial greenhouse flower production, farming and county government, including both planning and Environmental services. Ron married the love of his life, Jerrolyn (Jerri) Stenoien, Feb. 18, 1967. They were blessed with two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren whom he cherished dearly. Ron was a lifelong learner who enjoyed challenges, working and playing hard and helping others. Ron faithfully served God. As a member of Grace Covenant Church he pursued many responsibilities including the Holmquist Community Park committee, Paint-A-Thon team leader, developing the annual wild game feed, co-founding a garden club, and served as the Morrison County Chaplaincy Board treasurer. He also loved working with youth and children, vegetable gardening at St. Francis Community Garden and tending his flowers at home. He helped reestablish the Little Falls garden tour to benefit the local food shelf, furthering his love of giving. Ron loved teaching others how to be good stewards of the environment.

Ron is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jerrolyn; daughter, Gretchen (Christopher) Halverson of St. Louis Park; son, Erik (Barbara) Peterson of Alexandria; daughter, Sarah (Joel) Stensrud of Minneapolis; his beloved grandchildren, Maren and Johanna Halverson, Kirin and Greger Peterson, Aidan, Anika and Isabella Stensrud; his mother, Ruth Peterson;  brother, David Peterson of rural Long Prairie; sisters, Sharon (Paul) Eberhard of Falcon Heights and Judy (Mike) Nelson of Elk River.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Richard Peterson; and brother, Lowell Peterson.

Honorary pallbearers were Paul Eberhard, Mike Nelson, Paul Lauthen, Bob Hoglund, Jim Hoglund and Mark Hoglund. Active Pallbearers were Kim Miller, Jeremy Miller, Daniel Eberhard, Jordan Danielson, Collin Quinn and Matthew Hosfeld.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morrison County Chaplaincy Board or the Holmquist Community Park.

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