Donald Percy “Red” Peterson
Jan. 17, 1933 – Jan. 2, 2020
Donald “Red” Percy Peterson, the son of John and Myrtle (Thompson) Peterson, was born on January 17, 1933 at the home on the farm in Knox, North Dakota. He died at the age of 86 years on Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Granville, North Dakota.
Donald “Red” was raised on the farm near Knox and went to the Ag School in Maddock. After he completed his education, he helped on the family farm and was a farm hand to a neighbor, Elmer Johnson for many years. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy on January 26, 1955 and was honorably discharged on January 23, 1959. After he was discharged, he remained in California for several years working for Kaiser Gypsum Company making sheetrock. Red moved to Longview, Washington where he worked at a lumber mill factory. After his father died, he came back to the farm in 1970. He farmed and also bought the Lost Weekend Bar in the mid-70’s and continued to do both until the late 80’s and sold the bar. He worked in Devils Lake for about ten year for the 4th Corporation home health care company until retiring and became a caregiver for his brother Jr. In recent years, he enjoyed retired life until the recent decline of his health. Red was once married to Marlys Gartner. He enjoyed watching football and baseball and socializing with friends and neighbors.
Red is survived by his son, Eugene of Pembina; siblings, David (Charlotte) Peterson of Longview, WA, Kenneth (Beverly) Peterson of Longview, WA and Karen (Alan) Crowston of Cavalier; a longtime friend and caregiver, Shelia Lureen of Granville; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Jr.; sisters, Elvina Allan, Mary Jane Halvorson, Carol Gigstad and Loretta Peterson; Marlys Peterson and his parents.
Memorial services will be held in July with burial in the 1st Lutheran Cemetery in Knox with military honors.
Honorary Bearers: (Nephews) Brian Gartner, Christopher Gartner, Danny, Lenny, Ronnie & Tim Peterson, Loren, Jim, Curt & Gary Halvorson, Lee & God Gigstad and Steve Crowston
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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