Walter H. "Walt" Pederson
1927 - 2016
Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes
205 South Rum River Drive
Princeton, MN
Walter "Walt" H. Pederson, 88

Princeton, MN

Formerly of St. Cloud, MN

Oct. 14, 1927 - April 22, 2016

Walt Pederson; sailor, cowboy, mechanic, racer, teacher, businessman, inventor, explorer, author, politician, entrepreneur, scientist, private eye, hero, friend, husband, father and grandfather; died Friday, April 22. He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene and is survived by his second wife Katie Pederson; brother Paul Pederson; his sisters Lucille Henderson and Luella Boseovski; and his children, Tim Pederson, Cheri Burda, Cathy Pederson, Cindy Anderson and Mark Pederson; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Walt was energetic, brave, friendly, compassionate and no one ever doubted he was a Christian.

A Service of Remembrance and Celebration will be held at Northern Lights, 10376 112th Ave., Milaca, MN on Friday, April 29th from 2PM to 6PM. People are invited to come and share brief comments on their experience of Walt.

Published by St. Cloud Times on Apr. 24, 2016.
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2:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
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10376 112th Ave., Milaca, MN
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Walt was a true hero on the Plaisted Polar Expedition and more importantly, in life. A wizard with machines, a dedicated family man and an outstanding human being. We treasure the autographed copy of his book Adventures of Little Lady he signed for our son, Arik. Long live Walt's memory, an inspirational legacy for all mankind. He is missed and thought of often! God bless and best wishes to the entire Pederson family!
With Admiration and Respect, Walt, Denise & Arik Aufderheide
Walt, Denise & Arik Aufderheide
April 18, 2021
Tim and family, sorry for the loss of your father. I remember visiting in St Cloud before we shipped out. Sorry we lost touch. Would like to hear from you. My email is [email protected]
Thomas Meade
August 6, 2018
I met this man when I remodeled their upstairs bathroom for his first wife...this man gave me a autographed book that he wrote and showed me different ways to solve problems. I am sorry I didn't go to his funeral. He will be deeply be missed by me. He also told me his journeys to the arctic and the stuff they seen.
Troy Triplett
June 17, 2017
To my Uncle who was like a hero to me as a little girl he was larger than life .when I was in elementary school he came to Las Vegas and went to my school and told the children about his expedition brought space sticks for my class .You will always be in some of my favorite memories.I send my love to all of my cousins my deepest condolences .
Dorene Pederson Santandreu
June 12, 2016
How blessed am I to have been able to call him Dad. I will try to at least come close to his example. My heart hurts so much but, I know he would say, this too shall pass. Thanks much to all for your entries of love and comfort.
Cindy Anderson
May 4, 2016
Cindy Anderson
May 4, 2016
I was privileged to work with Walt on the 1968 Plaisted Polar Expedition. Walt was caring, warm, friendly, helpful and filled with an overflowing boundless energy that conquered the most daunting situations during the expedition.
His mechanical abilities and inventiveness were without equal.
Walt was brave, funny, tenacious and a good story teller. He had a lot of "horse sense" and just plain "guts".
There are many fond memories of a rich and intense time on the ice.
I am honored to have known him and very sad to see him go.
John Moriarty
April 27, 2016
My deepest sympathies to all of Walt's family and friends. Let all your wonderful memories of this exceptional man bring you comfort and joy.

I will always cherish many fond memories of my one-of-a-kind cousin-in-law. From his visits to our home in Wheaton (way back during the last century), to a more recent breakfast out in California (with even more cousins) every opportunity to spend time with Walt was a wonderful experience.
Faith Frykman
April 26, 2016
sorry for your loss, I know him a long time ago. Very good man
william goedker
April 26, 2016
Sincere condolences on the passing of Walt. My Mom & Dad thought so highly of Walt and your family. I remember Walt from visits when he was in Duluth and he signed an "Adventures of The Little Lady" for my son! Walt was a great man and will be missed but we are all richer for having had him in our lives. God bless you all, our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Sincerely, Walt, Denise & Arik Aufderheide
Walt, Denise & Arik Aufderheide
April 26, 2016
I remember Walt when he was a Ski Doo dealer. I was the parts and warehouse supervisor for Halvorson Equipment in Duluth. He was a fine person and told me lots of tales when they returned from the trek to the North Pole. I had many conversations with him over those years and have fond memories of him. RIP my friend.
Les Locklear
April 25, 2016
Thank you all for your kind words. Our hearts are broken to loose this man I so thankfully call my dad.
Cathy Pederson
April 25, 2016
Sorry to hear about the passing of a great man, great speaker and friend. My condolemces to family in your loss. May God be with you in this time of sorrow. He will be missed.
Nila Spitzack Hetteen
April 25, 2016
The short time I worked with Walt he taught me things that I still use today.He was a great person & mentor.Our last visit was at a Car Show,a passion we both shared. R.I.P my friend.
Rick Iees
April 25, 2016
I was sorry to hear about Walt's death. I was a high school classmate of his daughter, Cathy. May special memories be of great comfort to all of you.
Darcy Reich
April 25, 2016
mary clubb
April 25, 2016
Deeply missed by all.
Andy Gall
April 24, 2016
Tim, Cheri, Cathy, Cindy, and Mark, I felt such sadness in my heart when I heard that your father passed away. He was "one of a kind" and I am happy to count him among my friends. Even tho' we rarely saw each other, I have such warm memories of our days at Calvary, and when we saw your dad at Harry O's 90th birthday party, we had a wonderful visit. He is rejoicing in heaven with his Savior, and we are so thankful for his faith and trust in God alone. Please accept my love and sympathy.
Elaine Holmer
April 24, 2016
i am so very sorry to hear about walt's passing. i feel blessed to have encountered such a wonderful man! my dad, jean-luc, who passed when i was 10, was on the plaisted polar expedition with walt in '67 & '68. walt was very kind and thoughtful sharing stories & memories of my dad with me. his words, little lady book, figurines of the expedition members are all treasures i cherish. his lasting impression for me is his love of God, life, family, friends, he was creative, fun, generous, caring, courageous, adventurous. he is already missed! love & condolences to the family from me and my whole family, who also admired and respected walt. always, brigitte bombardier & dale willingham
brigitte bombardier
April 24, 2016
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