Gerhard Allen Peterson, 80, Fargo, ND, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in his home.

Gerry was born on May 22, 1933, in Appleton, MN, to Gerhard and Merle (Stuber) Peterson.  The family moved to Tower City, ND, where Gerry grew up, graduating from Tower City High School in 1951.  He then attended Valley City State Teacher’s College in 1951.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954.  After discharge, he attended Dakota Business College in Fargo, ND, from 1954-1955.  He worked for Roberts Building Materials; Peavey Elevator Construction; Peavey Elevators in Davenport, Addison, and Warren; Goldberg Feed & Grain; and Tower Texaco.  He worked for the U.S. Postal Service from 1963 until his retirement in 1992.  After that, he worked part-time for Tri-State Auction Co. from 1994-2010.

He married Joyce Thilmony on November 11, 1954, in Buffalo, ND, and they lived with their children in Tower City, Davenport, and Fargo, ND.

Gerry enjoyed fishing, being a member of FM Walleyes Unlimited, and meeting for breakfast with his fellow retirees.  He was also a member of the 91st Prayer Brigade and belonged to First Assembly of God Church.  He considered himself very fortunate to have almost all of his family living in Fargo.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Peterson, Fargo, ND; children, Toni (Ron) Nelson, Fargo, ND, Pam Urton, Fargo, ND, Jennifer (Scott) Johnson, West Fargo, ND, Jeff (Jean) Peterson, Fargo, ND, and Paul (Rhonda) Peterson, Fargo, ND; 13 grandchildren, Eric, BJ, Peter, Andy, Briana, Jessica, Sarah, Katie, David, John, Kellie, Samantha, and Ethan; and 7 great-grandchildren, Destany, Jayden, Cole, Kaedyn, Copeland, Kale, and Evan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard and Merle Peterson, and his great-grandson, Julien Tognotti.

The family is forever thankful to Hospice for their care and concern during this time.

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  1. Trego WIDear Joyce and Family,
    There will always be a special place in our hearts for Gerry and Joyce. We have such special memories of you when we first started attending First Assembly of God years ago. You were both so friendly and warm welcoming new members into the fold! We enjoyed being in Bible studies with you!
    We are so sad for your loss. Gerry will be missed by so many! I’m sure he is in heaven having a great time!
    God bless each of you!
    Linda and Merle Knott

  2. Moorhead MN
    Joyce and family,

    We just found out this afternoon (June 4th) that Gerry had died and his prayer service was Sunday and funeral was yesterday. So, sorry to have missed his prayer service and funeral. Gerry was a good man and will be greatly missed. He was always so quick to say hi and make everyone feel like family.

    Mike & Pam Miller

  3. Concord CA.
    Gerry and I attented school together for all 12 years…I can’t remember when I didn’t know Gerry……Will miss knowing he is there..

    A wonderful friend.

  4. West Fargo ND
    Joyce and family, Gerry was a great friend and he will be missed. May God comfort you all at this difficult time. We send our love and prayers to you all.

  5. Joyce and family,
    We are so very sorry at Gerry’s death but we are rejoicing with you in that he is in heaven with Jesus. We are so blessed to have all of the wonderful memories that we have with the two of you as wonderful neighbors and friends! We always look forward to our yearly visit and as the tradition continues we have lots of memories to bring us smiles and love. We are all praying for you and asking the Lord to give you comfort and peace during this time of grief.
    Blessings to you!
    The Domitrovich Family

  6. Fargo ND
    I met Gerry some time ago at Cash Wise when he would stop in with his friends for coffe in the mornings. He was such a nice man and always seemed to talk about hs family. We would talk about the LRD and from his talks I knew he loved the LRD with his whole heart. I being a Christian found that to be so special. I will miss him everyday that I go in to Cash Wise and sit down to eat. GOD BLESS you the family. You have lst a dear one but Heaven has gained a great guy.

  7. Dilwowrth MN
    To Pam, Briana, Jennifer and Scott and to Mrs. Peterson-I would like to extend my sympathy to all of you. I enjoyed my many conversations at the credit union with him. He was interesting and he shared lots of fishing stories with us. He was always smiling and happy. He was a great guy!!!
    Thoughts of hope and love are with you during this time.

    Diane Monk

  8. glyndon mnour prayers are with you all . He always was so kind to kurt & I . He always had a hug for me . He will be missed very much here on earth.. i am so very thankful we will see him again in heaven with our Lord Jesus . We love you Gerry and you will never be forgotten .

  9. Silverdale WaGerry-you will be missed. As you were a bit offer than me I always looked up to you. Thanks for being such a good role model.

  10. Powerview ManitobaDear Joyce and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing, he was one of the kindest men we have ever known. We cherished our friendship with both of you and send our love to you through this time of sorrow. Although we are unable to attend the funeral our hearts will be there with you.

    All our love, Rene and Bev

  11. Scottsdale, Az AzGerry Peterson was a neighbor to our family in Tower City. I have many found memories of Gerry as a kid when i was growing up, Gerry followed sports in Tower City from where ever he lived and always had words of inspiration. I recall Gerry telling the story of a time when he came home from the Army and he and my brother Will were rolling around on the grass on the Peterson lawn and i jumped on Gerry’s back and said stop beating on my brother and those two guys laughed so hard at me. Gerry always took time to say hi and have so much respect in his belief for God. I always miss that smile and stories. God bless the Peterson family

    Paul Schumacher

  12. braddock ndJoyce
    My brother Fred called and told me of Gary”s passing.
    I enjoyed talking to Gerry @ Fred & Jans 50th and this past Summer At the Thilmony Anniversary Reunion [125 1/3 yrs]
    I also remember
    Him from the good old day’s in Tower City. May He rest in peace , with God in Heaven
    Your Cousin John Hammer

  13. Thornton COJoyce,

    I am very sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. I remember visiting with him many times when he worked at the elevator in Davenport. I was a high school kid at the time and I always remembered his smile and joking manner. He was a very special person to many of us kids in Davenport.

  14. Ham Lake Minnesota
    We are so sorry to hear about Gerry, but are so comforted to know that he died surrounded by family. He was a special cousin, always good for a laugh and a great story. He will be missed.
    Don and Jan

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