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Raymond F. Petersen

Lake Benton Valley Journal of Lake Benton, Minnesota

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Oct. 14, 1938 — Oct. 30, 2015

Raymond F. Petersen, age 77 of White, South Dakota, died at home from lung cancer on Friday, Oct. 30. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 at the United Methodist Church of White, South Dakota with burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Eidsness Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Raymond F. Petersen was born Oct. 14, 1938 in Tyler to Henry and Stella (Hyden) Petersen. He grew up on a farm south of Lake Benton. Ray started operating the family farm at the age of sixteen after his dad died from a heart attack.

On May 9, 1959 Ray married Niala Kjergaard at Lake Benton. The couple farmed near Arco and Verdi from 1959 until 1964. At which time, Ray moved his family to Luverne, where he worked in the packing plant. In 1966 the Petersen's moved to Mason City, Iowa then Cannon Falls, where Ray continued to working in packing plants.

In 1977 Ray and Niala moved their family to White, South Dakota. Ray was a dedicated and hardworking father. He farmed, drove truck for Foster Farms and TBI, worked at Hanson's Meat Processing and owned the Gambles Store, Redwood Lounge, and Champs Bar and Grill. Ray also worked for Twin City Fan and most recently drove tractor for Joe Ripley and Rex Collins. Some of you may also know him as the Oyster Man.

Ray enjoyed numerous hobbies and interests including putting together puzzles, hunting, fishing, playing cards, driving tractors, spending time with family, and listening to music.

Survivors include his five sons — Mike (Julie) of White, South Dakota, Monte (Jean) of Colton, South Dakota, Mark (Nancy) of Brandon, South Dakota, Maurice of White, South Dakota, and Matt (Tiffany) of White, South Dakota; one daughter, Marlene "Cookie" (Jess) Montis of Mesa, Arizona; 23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister Arlene (Dale) Lambert of Verdi; sisters-in-law Merna (Fred) Salmon of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin and Lana (Ron) Fossell of Kennedy; brother-in-law Steve Kjergaard of Lake Benton; his dog Sophia; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Niala, his parents, granddaughter Darcy, brother Melvin, sisters-in-law Ann, Cheryl, and Glenyce, niece Pamela and nephew Craig.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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