Gaylord Peterson, 1929-2015

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, January 8, 2015

Funeral services for Gaylord Luverne Peterson, 85, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Clayton Balsley will officiate. Interment will be at Silver Lake Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations, VFW and American Legion. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Online condolences are welcome at

Gaylord Peterson

Gaylord Peterson

Gaylord died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Gaylord Luverne Peterson was born May 18, 1929, on the family farm, the son of Gilbert and Alvina (Lau) Peterson. He attended country school in rural Northwood and Deer Creek. After school Gaylord worked on the family farm.

Email newsletter signup

On Feb. 14, 1952, he was united in marriage to Darlene Sorlien at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Gaylord then enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his discharge he worked at Wilson & Co. for 40 years. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, the American Legion and the Eagles. Gaylord enjoyed doing carpentry, loved working with horses, being around dogs — especially his dog, Kira — and he enjoyed a good debate. Most of all he enjoyed time spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene; children Allen (Michelle) Peterson, Vicki (Tom) Loverink and Larry Peterson; grandchildren Joshua Loverink, Kimberly (Jarrod) Robran, Brandon (Amber Anderson) Loverink, Lindsay (Ryan) Lobes, Chad Mars, Alexandra Peterson and Angela Yezek; great-grandchildren Leah and Jackson Robran and Maddie Lobes; siblings Arnold Peterson, Lemoine (Pat) Peterson, Norman (Connie) Peterson, Gordon (Linda) Peterson, Palmer Peterson, Genny Kirsch and Phyllis Cordera; brother-in-law, Jim Christensen; and several nieces and nephews.

Gaylord was preceded in death by his parents; twin grandsons, Thomas and Timothy Loverink; father and mother-in-law Palmer and Alice Sorlien; and siblings Maynard (Maxine) Peterson, Marjorie (Ed) Grigutis, Loretta Nelson, Belean (Ron) Johnson, Harlan Peterson, Dorothy Dempewolf, Rena Christensen and Arthur Peterson.