Herluf Pedersen, 84, Alden

Published 9:22 am Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Herluf Kjolhede Pedersen, 84, of Alden, died on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea. A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alden. The Rev. Greg Ofsdahl will officiate. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements. Please see www.brussheitner.com to leave online condolences.

Herluf Kjolhede Pedersen was born on Nov. 3, 1928, in Kimballton, Iowa, the son of Johannes and Kirsten (Kjolhede) Pedersen. He married Ruth Ann Rauschenberger on May 14, 1953, at St. Paul’s UCC in rural Minnesota Lake. Herluf graduated from Alden High School in 1946. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1953. He was a member of the American Legion for 58 years. Herluf was a life-long farmer and an active member of the community including the Alden Co-op Elevator Board and Redeemer Lutheran Church Council. He enjoyed woodworking and golfing.

Herluf is survived by his wife, Ruth of Alden; daughter, Debra (William Ader) Pedersen of Rock Hill, S.C.; son, Steven Pedersen of Louisville, Ky.; two granddaughters, Allison Pedersen of Minnetonka and Rachel Pedersen of Louisville; two step-grandchildren, Brad (Melissa) Ader of Kernerville, N.C., and Paul (Carrie) Ader of Kernerville, N.C.; three step-great-grandchildren, Blaine Ader, Keely Hunt, Sophia Ader all of Kernerville; brother, Leo Pedersen of Alden; sister-in-law, Ardis Pedersen of Alden; nieces, Donna (Daryl) Hill, Nancy (Chuck) Post and Beth (Ron) Wilder; nephew-in-law, Harold Jensen; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arnold and Henrik; sister-in-law, Eleanor Pedersen; and niece Linda Jensen.