Richard L. Peterson, 71, went to be with Jesus on Friday, May 21, 2021. He was born on April 22, 1950 in Rugby, North Dakota, the second of two children born to Chester and Opal Peterson (Wisness). After graduating from Rugby High School, he served as a combat infantryman in the US Army, Alpha Co. 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th division in Vietnam from 1969 – 1970. He married Peggy Tiefenthaler in Wahpeton, North Dakota in October, 1975. They made their home in Washburn where they raised three children and he was employed as a Boilermaker. They moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 1987 and he became a Locomotive Engineer for BNSF Railway and retired in 2014 after 25 years of service. He and Peggy celebrated 45 years of marriage in October. They enjoyed traveling together and spending winters in Florida.
Rich loved God. He enjoyed studying the Bible and the relationships he developed in Bible study. He loved spending time with family and friends. He was committed to helping others. He was an avid classic car enthusiast, especially muscle cars and loved attending car shows. Rich followed many sports, particularly baseball (especially the Redhawks) and golf, he liked to spend the day at the golf course with his kids, grandkids and friends. He also loved riding motorcycles and tinkering on one he’s had since the 70’s. He spent many hours reading and loved to keep up on current events. He was also very much a dog person, he has had many over the years. He spent many moments reading with a dog on his lap. As a man of strong Faith with a kind heart and gentle soul, he was a mentor to many and an inspiration to those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife; Peggy Peterson, his children Faith, (Eddie), Eric, Andrew (Leah), his grandchildren; Ashly, Mikayla, Aliya, Haley, Isaiah, Christian, Alijah, his great-grandchildren; Railynn, Navani, and his brother; Charles Peterson (Darlene).