CROSSLAKE - Raymond Berdell Peterson, 83, of Crosslake, Minn., was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Blue Earth, Minn. Funeral services were held May 5, 2014, at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church-The Log Church in Crosslake, Minn. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 500 from Crosslake, Minn. Interment was in Swanburg Cemetery, Pine River, Minn.
Arrangements were entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, Minn.
Raymond Berdell Peterson was born July 3, 1930, in Delavan, Minn., to Anton and Alma (Haneland) Peterson. He grew up and went to school in Blue Earth, Minn. and served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 in Korea. Raymond was united in marriage to Arlene Cassens on Dec. 7, 1956, in Mankato, Minn. Together, they raised three children and farmed the family farm for over 30 years. In 1985, they moved to their vacation home in Crosslake, Minn. Raymond's faith in God and his love for his wife and family were his biggest blessings. Raymond loved to hunt with his sons, grandsons, and nephews throughout Minnesota and out West. These hunting adventures left us all with many great stories and lasting memories. He enjoyed helping his boys out at the nursery, traveling to Blue Earth to visit Lori and her family, and never missing out on a grandchild's event or his great-granddaughter's weekly visits. Raymond also looked forward to traveling and spending time in Arizona with his family and friends.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arlene; children, Randy (Linnea) Peterson of Crosslake, Minn., Lori (Dwight) Olson of Blue Earth, Minn., Steven (Laurie) Peterson of Manhattan Beach, Minn.; grandchildren, Brandon (Amber), Ciarra, Shai and Connor; great-grandchildren, Avery and Ashlyn; brother, David (Florence) Peterson; sisters, Evelyn Abram, Diane Schaper; sister-in-law, Marjie Peterson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Palmer Peterson; sisters, Maureen (Ora) Orth, Katherine (Wayne) Cherland, Pearl (Harry) Gresser, Adeline (Hank) Carlson, Betty (Howard) Werner; mother-in-law, Ann Cassens; father-in-law, Onnen Cassens; brothers-in-law, Jim Abram and Larry Cassens; nephews, Ronald Orth, Leroy Orth, Mike Teems and Tim Weise.