Peder Breivik, 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather, slipped peacefully from this earth as a result of a long battle with atherosclerosis and chronic kidney disease, early in the morning of Nov. 16, 2012, in the home of his daughter and son-in-law, in Fairbanks.
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Peder was born in Ålesund, Norway, on April 21, 1929, to the son of the late Harald and Hanna Orstenvik Breivik. Peder attended school in Norway and came to the United States in 1947, at the age of 18. He became a citizen in 1952.
Peder joined the U.S. Army in 1948, and spent most of that four-year enlistment stationed in Japan, while also being deployed to fight in the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart for having been wounded, and the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone.
Because of his injuries, Peder was honorably discharged. A few months later he joined the U.S. Air Force and went on to serve our country another 18 years as military police in such places as Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Labrador, Canada, Vietnam and NORAD in Colorado Springs, Co. He retired in 1970 as Senior Master Sergeant.
Peder worked various positions with school district 11 in Colorado, of which the most notable was campus security for Wasson High School in the early 1980s.
Because of his medical complications, Peder moved from Colorado Springs, where he had lived for 45 years, to Fairbanks, in August of this year, to be with family.
Peder joins his wife of 41 years, Elisabeth "Betty;" his brother and sister-in-law, Hans and Willa Breivik; and his daughter, Kari.
Peder leaves his sister, Dagny Pedesen; his half-brothers, Donald, Cris and John Breivik; his half-sister, Melanie Thorpe; his daughter, Deborah Braun; his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Butch Boardwine; his daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Christopher Bedel; his grandchildren, Carrie, Charity, Jack, Matthew, Rene and Ryan; his great-grandchildren Chanee, Anthony, Isabel, Sean, TJ, Jayce, Destiny, Justice and Ollie Dean; his great-great-grandchild, Landen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their descendants.
There will be a celebration of life with military honors at 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 30, 2012, at the Fairbanks Moose Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Peder Breivik's name to The Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation, Attentiona: Hospice, 1650 Cowles St., Fairbanks, AK 99701.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 27, 2012