Dean Peterson, 1933-2014

Published 9:47 am Monday, July 7, 2014

Dean Allen Peterson, 81, died July 4, 2014, at United Hospital in St. Paul following a stroke. He was born March 18, 1933, in Lake Mills, to Russell and Clara (nee Revland) Peterson. Dean attended school in Lake Mills and graduated high school in 1951. He volunteered and served honorably in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 at Fort Sill, Okla. Dean married Gloria Trytten on Oct. 13, 1956. He is survived by Gloria, his loving wife of 58 years, children Douglas (Kathy), Steven and Julie (Tim) Morreim; grandchildren Jackie, Kevin, Matthew, Karen, Nikki (Jamie), Randi, and Jill (Jared); great-grandchildren Ash, Blake, Isabella, Dylan, Savannah, Maci, Hunter, Taylor, Parker and Jaydn; sisters Barbara Rhiger and Karen (Jerry) Younggreen, sister-in-law Ardis (Carmen) Ferullo, plus numerous other family and friends.

Dean Peterson

Dean Peterson

Dean worked at Queen Stove and then made his career working for the United States Postal Service for 33 years, retiring in 1996. In addition, he had many talents and interests, including woodworking, restoring antiques, camping and fishing. There was almost nothing Dean could not fix! In their early years of retirement, Dean and Gloria moved to Bradenton, Fla., for eight years. They enjoyed the sunshine together and Dean got interested in genealogy, eventually compiling over 11,000 names and many interesting anecdotes in his research of the Peterson and Trytten families. In 2004, Dean and Gloria moved back to Minnesota and lived in Alden for almost 10 years. While in Alden, Dean was active at Redeemer Lutheran Church, volunteered many hours at the Community Museum and greatly enjoyed maintaining the perfectly groomed lawn at their home. In December 2013, Dean and Gloria moved to Apple Valley.

Preceding Dean in death were his parents Russell and Clara, father and mother-in-law George and Ingeborg Trytten, brother Roger, brothers-in-law Harold Rhiger, Gordon LaMar and Meredith Trytten and sister-in-law Ann Trytten.

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Grandpa Dean loved and was loved by his family. He also loved the many pets the family had over the years, especially their cherished poodle, Harry, who kissed Grandpa Dean goodnight every night without fail.

The family rejoices Grandpa Dean is at peace with the Lord, and they take comfort that his name is written in the Book of Life. They trust and believe that they will all be together again someday in heaven. They are thankful for the time they had with him. God bless his memory.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hosanna! Church, 9600 163rd St. W., Lakeville, with visitation one hour prior. Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, Apple Valley, is in charge of arrangements.