Clarence Raymond Peterson peacefully entered into eternal life on Aug. 14, 2009 at the Amery Regional Medical Center.
He was born on June 27, 1914 in Alden Township, Polk County, Wis. on his grandfather's homestead to the late Selma Burke Peterson Hansen and Otto Jahni Peterson. He was baptized as an infant into the Christian faith at Little Falls Lutheran Church. He attended Little Falls School through the eighth grade. Due to his father's illness, he helped his mother on the family farm until he began his career in farming. He was confirmed at Little Falls Lutheran Church in 1929.
Clarence spent one year working with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Riverside, Wis. He worked on several farms throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
While there, he met Lucy M. Shortess who was teaching at High Bridge School. The couple married on Nov. 20, 1938 at the Lutheran parsonage at Marine on the St. Croix, Minn. They farmed for a short while in St. Paul Park, Minn. before moving to Alden Township. In the spring of 1944, they moved to Lincoln Township and in 1952 moved to Balsam Lake Township. In the spring of 1956 they purchased the Lindgren farm on Lake Kennebec in Lincoln Township. They moved to Amery in 1987.
Clarence was an active member of Balsam Lutheran Church. He loved farming and also worked for several places including the Clear Lake Creamery and Amery Farmers Union.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lucy, and his children, Gerald (Sheena) Peterson, Hudson, Janet Johannsen, Cottage Grove, Minn., Gordon (Janet) Peterson, Scottsdale, Ariz., Duane Peterson, Chisago City, Minn., Karen (James) Riley, New Richmond, Kathleen Terhark, Amery, Rodney (Nancy) Peterson, Osceola, Arlen (Linda) Peterson, Balsam Lake, Cheryl (Steven) Volgren, Balsam Lake, Lynette (Lloyd) Lenart, Buffalo, Minn., and Brian Peterson (Scott Synstelien), Hurst, Texas; 31 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, MayBelle Hansen and Sylvia Anderson, Amery, Wis.; stepsister, Norma Kimker, Amery, Wis.; half sister Bernice (Lyle) Fox, Amery, Wis. and half brother, Valdemar (Yvonne) Hansen, Amery, Wis., and step sister-in-law, Alice Hansen of Stillwater, Minn. along with many nieces and nephews.
Clarence is preceded in death by his father Otto; mother Selma; sisters Alice Beatrice and Alice Beatrice; brother Otto Johni Peterson; sons-in-law Frank Johannsen and James Terhark; and daughter-in-law Janet Peterson. He is also preceded in death by stepbrothers Carl, Vincent, Irvin Hansen and stepsister, Evelyn Busse.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 at Balsam Lutheran Church in Amery with Pastor Mary Ann Bowman officiating. A visitation was held Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service at the church. Casketbearers were Clarence's children, and honorary casketbearers were Clarence's grandchildren and his Balsam Lutheran faith family. Organist was Julaine Berglund and soloist was Eric Peterson. Interment was at Balsam Lutheran cemetery.
Arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery, Wis.