May 22, 1933 ~ May 29, 2013
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.