Peter passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Villa Maria in Fargo, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 91.
Peter Joseph Neisen, the son of Peter and Rose Neisen, was born on February 15, 1930, in Mahnomen, Minnesota. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Mahnomen High School. At the age of 19, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War on the USS LSM(R)-517 Rocket Ship. He always put in an extra effort to honor his country. On June 2, 1954, Peter was united in marriage to Dorothy Anderson. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Pete retired in 1993 after 35 years with B.H. Chesley Co. Freightliner truck dealership in Fargo. He had a successful career, as he advanced from General Manager to President and finally retiring as Part-Owner at the age of 63. After retiring, Pete and Dorothy enjoyed their winters in Port Aransas, Texas for 30 years. During his time there, he went on many day and overnight deep sea fishing trips where he caught numerous red snapper, tuna and a variety of other fish. He also traveled to Alaska several times for deep sea fishing. If he was not fishing on a lake, he enjoyed woodworking and hunting. He loved his geese and had to visit them every day in Moorhead. He even named a few! Pete was very successful in the Stock Market. Those who knew him, laughed at his love/hate relationship with it. Pete was extremely active and generous within his community. This year he will be honored as the first ever 70-year member of the American Legion. He embraced his Catholic faith all his life and was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo for 57 years. After retiring, he even volunteered to sweep the floors of the church once a week. He was also a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed his children and his three generations of grandchildren. He loved spending time with them, watching them grow, and being a witness to their accomplishments. He taught his grandchildren how to fish and was so happy to reminisce about those special times. He also shared a very special bond with his niece Judy. After losing a grandson to cancer, he was always considerate and had a special place in his heart to those who were ill or in need.
Peter is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Al (Cindy) Neisen, Moorhead, MN, Gerald (Shelly) Neisen, Harwood, ND, Mark (Liz) Neisen, Kenny (Kim) Neisen, both of Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Sarah (Eric) Becker, Scott Neisen (Nachelle Johnson), Chris Neisen, Nick (Shannon) Neisen, Anne Neisen (Noah Mack), Ryan (Stephanie) Clenney, Ashley Seibold, Mike (Jayme) Rey, and Michelle (Brian) Johnson; and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. His siblings Urban (Rita) Neisen and Donald (Jean) Neisen; sisters-in-law Cora Neisen, Irene Neisen and Donna Neisen. Also, many nephews and nieces.
Peter was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Michael Neisen, siblings; Elroy, Eletta, Edwin, Bernice, Jerome, Rosemary and Jim; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 5-7 PM Monday, June 14, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo – and also one hour prior to the service in the church on Tuesday.
Prayer Service/Rosary: 7 PM Monday at Boulger Funeral Home
Funeral Mass: 10 AM Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fargo (live streamed on the funeral home website)
Burial: Fargo National Cemetery near Harwood, North Dakota