January 25, 1933 ~ January 5, 2020
Dale E. Peterson, 86, Fargo, formerly of Grafton and Galchutt, died Sunday, January 5, 2020, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo surrounded by family.
Dale was born January 25, 1933, in Wahpeton, ND, the son of Arnold and Clarice (Bolstad) Peterson. He attended school in Galchutt, ND, graduating in 1950. He served in the US Army, Armored Tank Division, and was deployed to Germany. On August 16, 1958, he was united in marriage to Eileen Olson. They made their home first in Fessenden, ND, and later in Grafton, ND. They moved to Fargo in 2008 and split their time between Fargo and their lake home on Big Floyd Lake, near Detroit Lakes, MN.
Dale received his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Valley City State College in 1957. He earned a master’s degree in Business Education in 1966 and subsequently obtained his administrative credential, both from UND.
A lifelong educator, Dale began his teaching career at a country school in rural Colfax, ND, followed by a year in Colfax. He spent six years in Fessenden, ND, as a business education teacher and high school principal. In 1963 Dale and Eileen moved to Grafton, ND, where he was employed as a business education teacher for 3 years and then Jr. High principal, from which position he retired after 22 years.
During his years in Fessenden, Dale enjoyed bowling and golfing and coached several sports. In Grafton he served as secretary of his bowling league for many years. He enjoyed following Spoiler sports and served as scorekeeper for over 1000 boys and girls basketball games. Dale loved to collect coins and go on fishing trips as well as play cards, taking part in both bridge and poker groups. In later years he enjoyed spending many winters in Arizona, making casino runs, keeping track of the stock market, and playing pinochle and other card games with friends and family.
Dale is survived by his wife Eileen; daughter Pam Fisher, Grand Forks, ND; son David (Kelley) Peterson, rural Glyndon, MN; grandson Grant Fisher, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren Brooke, Ben, and Claire Peterson, rural Glyndon, MN; sisters Marilyn Baumann, Mesa, AZ; LaVonne (Odell) Berg, Grafton, ND; and Patti Rose, Grafton, ND; sister-in-law Verna Peterson, Mesa, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harlan Peterson and Laverne Peterson, brothers-in-law Kenny Baumann and Ed Rose, and nephews Lynn Berg and Curtis Rose.
Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, ND. A second service will be held at a later date in Grafton, ND.