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Peterson, Richard
Richard Warren "Dick" Peterson, 95, of Youngtown, Arizona passed away on December 27, 2015. He was born November 4, 1920 in Duluth, Minnesota to Albert Sr. and Margaret (Dome) Peterson. Although Dick's family frequently moved, he had many fond memories of Little Falls, Minnesota. He learned to play guitar and harmonica and later in Minneapolis studied with Slim Jim and the Vagabond Kid, well-known Minnesota Scandinavian musicians. His entertainment skills led to Dick performing at many events and dance halls. He served in the Navy as a Chief Torpedoman and retired after 21 years. He was aboard the USS Dent DD116 and USS Bradford DD545 during WWII in the Pacific and was a proud member of USS Bradford Alumni, remaining in contact with shipmates and attending many reunions. After the war Dick married Helen Hynnila on February 12, 1947, in Duluth, Minnesota. They remained in Duluth where they both worked and raised their three children. Dick worked in the grocery business from a young age, eventually owning and operating two grocery stores in Duluth with his father, and later managing a supermarket. He changed careers and retired from Duluth Public Schools as a School Engineer. Dick was a member of Masonic Lodge for over 65 years, 32nd Degree in Scottish Rite, and a Shriner clown, named Spoons, participating in parades, Shrine Circus and charitable events. Dick and Helen were Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron during 1972 at Zenith Chapter #25, Order of the Eastern Star in Duluth and were involved with Job's Daughters. Dick and Helen moved to their cabin at Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin and a few years later moved to Sun City, Arizona in 1981 after they both retired. They were members of Sun City Country Club and Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church in Sun City. Dick always enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardens, fishing, hunting, woodworking, golf, and continuing to share his music, playing the keyboard, ukulele, accordion, and harmonica. After Helen died in 2002, Dick moved to LifeStream Complete Senior Living, Youngtown, Arizona in 2005 and remained active participating in social activities, playing cards, clowning and volunteering. Dick will be remembered for his infectious smile and laugh. He had a zest for life and will be missed as a caring and wonderful father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was preceded in death by his wife Helen of 56 years, brother Albert Jr., and his parents. Dick is survived by son Charles (Lou Ann) and grandchildren Sarah (Gabe) and John (Jessica); son Richard (Margaret); daughter Nancy (David) and grandchildren Austin and Krista; brother Harold; sisters Besse and Mary (Donald); and many nieces and nephews. His life will be celebrated Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 12 noon at First Presbyterian Church, 300 East 2nd Street in Duluth and interred at Park Hill Cemetery in Duluth. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Scottish Rite Clinic For Childhood Language Disorders; 28 W. 2nd St., Duluth, Minnesota 55802.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 24, 2016
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