Conrad Pederson, 83, living in Green Valley AZ., passed quietly on November 27, 2013 attended by his loving wife Rosemary and daughter Cindy Pederson-Black. He is survived by his sons, Michael Edward Pederson of South Orange NJ, Lyle Jerome Pederson of Auburn WA, daughters Cheryl Ann Vanden Bos, of Issaquah WA, Cheri Lynn Hembree of Ellington Conn, along with six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Born at home in Alexander, ND on January 7, 1930. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. During the Korean War he was assigned to the 20th Air Forces, 28th bomber squadron, 19th bomb wing based in Okinawa, Japan. Although one of the youngest members of the squadron he was given the duty of squadron gunnery NCOIC. Staff Sergeant Pederson, extended his tour of duty to almost two years. This resulted in him flying 52 combat missions over North Korea in a B-29 Super-fortress. Upon completion of his 50th combat mission he was awarded his second Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal. After his honorable discharge he married Rosemary Ericksen of Sidney, Mt. on December 9th 1955. They moved to Fargo, N.D, where he attended North Dakota State University from 1954-1959, and received a degree in industrial engineering. He went on to raise his family of five children in Renton Wa, where he was employed by Boeing for 24 years before retiring early in 1980. After retiring, he spent time attending to his various interests, mainly the family farm in Eastern Montana, his winter home in Sahurita, AZ, and traveling with his family. However, his biggest pleasure was cooking for large groups and you would often find him cooking breakfasts for the Scouts, school sports teams, Elks Lodge, VFW Hall or whenever called upon. His family will miss the weekend waffle and bacon feasts.
A Funeral service will be held at the Tahoma National Cemetery 18600 S.E. 240th Street, Kent WA on December 20th 2013 at 1:30 p.m., thereafter a memorial will be held at 26215 Southeast 216th Street Maple Valley, WA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the VFW organization of your choice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 17, 2013