Albert O. Peterson, 87, of Crookston, Minnesota, died early Sunday morning, June 25, 2006, in the Riverview Hospital in Crookston. Albert was born in Roome Township of Polk County, near Eldred, Minnesota, on June 10, 1919, the son of Anton and Lena (Anderson) Peterson. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed at the First English Lutheran Church in Eldred, and attended Eldred Consolidated School #281. Albert worked on the farm until he was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 15, 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII as a radio operator with Signal Service Company 842D, and was stationed in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa). In recognition of his service to his country Albert was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received his honorable discharge from the Army on December 2, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. Albert returned to rural Eldred and farmed with his brothers until retirement in 1979. He later moved to Crookston and had been living in the Summit Apartments of the Villa St. Vincent. Albert was a devoted member of the First English Lutheran Church in Eldred and at one time served on the board for several years. He was very active in the Crookston community and had been a strong supporter of the Red River Valley Winter Shows. He was a member of Crookston VFW Post #1902, the Riverview Hospital Association Foundation, Riverview Hospice, and the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers' Museum. He was a member of the University of Minnesota-Crookston Gold Club and the Founders Society, and in 2005 received UMC's very prestigious Torch and Shield Award. Albert liked to travel and enjoyed watching sports on the high school and college levels. He was an especially avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings; happy when they won, sad when they lost, but unwavering in his loyalty. He was always a gentleman, and had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Albert will be very sadly missed by his family and many friends. He leaves a dear friend, Lorna Johnson of Crookston, MN; his brother, Harold Peterson of Crookston; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mildred Odegaard of Crookston, and Anita and Clarence Larson of Grand Forks, ND; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Albert was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, George, Clarence, and Wilbur Peterson; a brother-in-law, T.W. Odegaard; and a sister-in-law, Alma Peterson. May God bless Albert's memory. The Funeral Service for Albert Peterson will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Crookston with the Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating. Visitation will be in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour before the service. Interment will be in the Eldred Cemetery at Eldred, Minnesota. Military Honors will be provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.
Published in Grand Forks Herald on Jun. 26, 2006.