Art’s Live Streamed Graveside Service can be viewed below:
Arthur “Art” Peterson Jr. passed away at Eventide on 32nd, Fargo ND with his wife and daughter at his side on Tuesday, October 27th at the age of 83.
Art was born May 1st, 1937 in Erhard, MN to Mary Sha and Arthur Peterson Sr. Art joined the Navy in 1956 and served his country for 2 years. Art met the love of his life, Arlene (Safarik) Peterson, in Chicago at a USO dance in 1956. A few months later Art and Arlene were married. They shared their life together for 64 years. Art worked as a farm laborer for many years in the Buffalo/Alice, ND area. For a few years during his time in the Buffalo/Alice area Art was also the head chef at the Bison, a local supper club in Buffalo. In 1991 Art and Arlene moved to Enderlin, ND where Art was the maintenance supervisor at Hillcrest Manner (Mary Hill Manor) for 15 years. During his time in Enderlin he served as head chef for the Auxillary and VFW Post 9050, was a two-time Post Commander for Post 9050, a VFW Honor Guard and was very active serving his church, First Lutheran. Art was a hardworking, kindhearted, loving and gracious man. His smile and laughter brightened the days of those who were around him. Art spent the last 2 ½ years of his life living at Eventide on 32nd in Fargo, ND after suffering a stroke in March of 2018. He loved his time there and embraced the opportunity to live life to its’ fullest during his twilight years. Art served on resident advocacy committees, participated in numerous activities, went to bible study, attended church, enjoyed coloring and was a member the Eventide Chime Choir. The staff at Eventide became a part of Art’s beloved family. They cared for him in a kind, loving and dignified manner always wanting to care for him in the best possible way.
Arthur “Art” Peterson Jr. is survived by his wife, Arlene Peterson, West Fargo, ND, his son and daughter in law Donald and Sherry Peterson, Buffalo, ND, his daughter and son in law Barbara and Craig Stangler, Enderlin, ND, his daughter Deborah (Peterson) Wald, West Fargo, ND, his daughter Brenda (Peterson) Leifeld, River Falls, WI, his daughter Christine (Peterson) Hanzlik, Yankton, SD, 24 grandchildren including their spouses, and 16 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Donna Miller (Tom), Margaret (Maggie) Bjorgum, Jeanette (Jeanie) Pribbenow (Bruce) and many beloved nieces and nephews. Art was preceded in death by his parents Mary Sha, Frank (Tom) Sha, Arthur Peterson Sr, his son in law Tom Wald (Deborah) and his beloved dog, Sophie.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Buffalo Cemetery, Buffalo ND on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.