Duane “Duke” Peterson, of Braham, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge. He was 96 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the Siloa Lutheran Church in rural Braham.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 2 hours prior to the service at the church; from 11:00 am- 1:00 pm on Sunday.
INURNMENT will be in the Siloa Lutheran Cemetery in rural Braham.
If you wish to send flowers, please order them through Cheri’s Flower Basket in Sandstone (320-245-2243 or www.cherisflowerbasket.com) as this is where Duke’s daughter Rachel works.
Duane “Duke” L. Peterson, age 96, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge surrounded by family.
He was born April 21, 1925 to John and Myrtle (Anderson) Peterson in Maple Ridge Township. Born the third oldest of eleven children, Duke attended Hiawatha and Day schools in the early grades and then graduated from Braham High School in 1942.
Duke joined the US Army in 1944 and served as a Sgt. Communications Chief during WWII. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and received an honorable discharge in 1946. After his military service, he returned home to help on the family farm.
Duke met Corneil “Corky”, the love of his life, at a snowmobile party. On August 9, 1969, they were married in St. Paul. Corky and her three children joined him on the family farm where they raised Black Angus Cattle. They were blessed with two daughters and enjoyed 46 years together.
Duke was a lifelong member of Siloa Lutheran Church. Over the years, he served on numerous boards and committees throughout Isanti County. He served as a Maple Ridge Township Supervisor for 51 years and was an active member of the Braham VFW.
Duke enjoyed bowling, playing softball, deer hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Duke was preceded in death by his parents; wife Corky; brothers, Myrlin and Dale; sisters, Virginia and Janet.
He is survived by his children, Sharon (Tom) Lynch of Mora, Greg Massey of Columbia Heights, Chris (Bill) Dahlquist of Cambridge, Nicole (Tim) Laman of Stanchfield, and Rachel Peterson of Grasston; grandchildren, Mari (Peter)Perugini, Frances (Mike) Steckelberg, John (Loretta) Steckelberg, Tonya (John) Wannarka, Amanda (Keith) Tweeter, Jessica (Nate)Kaczynski, Hanna (Mike) Massey, Erica Gerrity, Mary (David) Dahlquist-Acosta, Lukas Hanson, Marcus (Rachel) Dahlquist, Amelia and Kevin Laman, Nicholas Peterson; 15 great grandchildren; brothers, Myron and Frank; sisters, Betty (passed away 7/27/21), Joanne, Delyte and Ione; many nieces, nephews , other relatives and friends.