Floyd Peterson, 83, of Glenville

Published 12:05 pm Saturday, February 5, 2011

Funeral services for Floyd Henry Peterson, of Glenville, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea. The Rev. Richard Spande will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and one hour before services at the funeral home.

Floyd Peterson

Floyd died on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Home. He was 83.

Floyd, the son of Carl M. Peterson and Inger Marie Christensen, was born Feb. 18, 1927, at home in Stutsman County, Kensal, N.D. The family moved to the Tuttle, N.D. area, where Floyd attended school. His parents moved to Minnesota, and Floyd was employed as a hired hand for a neighbor for a number of years. Floyd married and had three sons, Marvin, Gene and Calvin, and two daughters, Leona and Lucy, while living in North Dakota.

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Due to needing a better job to support his family, Floyd came to Albert Lea and was given a job at Wilson & Co. where he worked for 30 years. His family stayed in North Dakota and that marriage ended. Later Floyd married Dorothy Lembke. During this time Floyd worked with his father-in-law shearing sheep at night, after working at Wilson & Co. Children from that marriage are two sons, Richard and Scott, and three daughters, Linda, Loretta and Elaine. This marriage ended.

Floyd and Dolores Dawson were married, and he helped raise her three daughters. They enjoyed having horses and milking cows on the farm Floyd purchased near Glenville. Floyd also enjoyed gardening. This marriage also ended. Floyd enjoyed his music, singing and playing with friends through the years, in various places, camping, jamming and attending bluegrass, country and gospel festivals, and dancing. He also had a hill on his farm that he called his campground where he enjoyed entertaining friends and family. Floyd was a long-time member of the Eagles and Moose Club which he supported. Floyd was a cowboy at heart!

Boots and cowboy hat were his normal attire. Floyd was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Russell and Victor, and sisters, Geneva Witt and Juanita Peterson. Those surviving from his first family are Marvin, Gene and Calvin Peterson Lockwood of Fargo, N.D., Leona Dodge of Washington and Lucy Martinek of Kansas. Survivors from his second family are Richard (Rose) Peterson, Scott (Analynn) Peterson, Elaine (Cecil) Learn, all of Albert Lea, Linda (Norman) Moen of Coon Rapids, and Loretta Peterson of Hartland, a brother, Clifford Peterson of Lyle, half-brother Frank Peterson of Crystal Bay, half-sisters Mary Severtson and Geneva Ausen of Albert Lea, and Louise Bryanteson and Sue Peterson of Minneapolis. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a special niece Arlene Flanders of Robinson, N.D., also many other nieces and nephews also survive. Floyd’s special friend, Mary Franzen of Titonka, Iowa, has been his encouragement these last years.