Arlo R. Peterson, of Braham passed away on Sunday March 28, 2010 at the Mercy Health Care Center of Moose Lake. He was 87 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday April 1, 2010 at the Braham Covenant Church of Braham with Rev. Steve Jennisch presiding.
VISITATION will be Wednesday March 31, 2010 at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
INTERMENT will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Friday April 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM
Arlo Roland Peterson passed away March 28th 2010 at the Mercy Health Care Center in Moose Lake Minnesota at the age of 87.
He was born to Hans and Hannah (Nelson) Peterson on February 28th 1923 at the family farm home near Truman Minnesota where he was raised with his five brothers and five sisters.
Arlo attended country school until the eighth grade. He enlisted in the Army on January 26th 1945, at the age of 22 and was deployed to the Philippines where he learned to operate heavy equipment in the course of building landing strips to facilitate the military occupation of the area. He was honorably discharged on November 22 1946. While still enlisted and while on leave he was united in matrimony to Ellen Mae Welchlin from the Fairmont/Northrup area on June 20th 1945.
After returning home from the service he attended the University of Minnesota Agricultural School in St. Paul and then began farming near Northrup.
Rather than continue leasing farmland, Arlo and Ellen came north to Braham where his older brother Lester was already farming and bought a farm east of Braham where they farmed until their retirement in 1985. While engaged in dairy and crop farming he also worked at the Twin Cities Arsenal during the time of the Vietnam War until the plant was closed. Other later employment included Arrow Tank, Braham Readymix, and local excavators where he was able to apply his skills with a bulldozer that he learned in the military.
Arlo loved farming and he also enjoyed participating in tractor pulls, horseshoe throwing, bowling, card parties, golf, watching the Twins, and dancing.
He was active in the VFW in Rush City and a founding member of the Braham VFW post where he took great pride in participating in the Color Guard.
After retirement, Arlo and Ellen moved to their new home in Port Charlotte Florida where they enjoyed their retirement years entertaining relatives and friends, golfing, and working at the local Ranger baseball stadium. They spent their summer months back in Braham where they visited family and friends, golfed and helped Roger with his farming activities, which included the tractor restoration.
Arlo was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and sisters, Clare, Thelma, Lester, Ardis and Lowell.
He is survived by his wife Ellen of Moose Lake; sons Roger Peterson of Braham, Richard (Melody) Peterson of Sauk Rapids; daughters Pam Kunz of Spring Valley, Roxi (Jeff) Schwinn of Barnum, Becky (John) Lindeen of Stanchfield; brothers Merle (Phyllis) Peterson of Wyoming, Doyle (Arlene) Peterson of Truman; sisters Elleanor Lubitz of Truman, Faye (George) Draper of Fairmont, Carol (Heiman “Junior”) Schwanz of Truman; sister-in-law Geri Peterson of Truman; seven grandchildren Leslie Peterson, Wesley Kunz, Misty Mattson, Dustin and Jenna Peterson, Alison (Scott) Jensen, Kelsey (Dan) Lakeberg; seven great-grandchildren Patrick, Courtney, Isabella, Brayden, Eric, Taylor and Caleb; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 1, 2010 at Braham Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating. Music was provided by Violet Belkholm, Merv Heidtschmidt and Mitch Lundeen. Casketbearers were Leslie Peterson, Douglas “Moose” Person, Wesley Kunz, Tom Hesselroth, Dustin Peterson and Dean Bondeson. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Friday, April 2, 2010.