Donald Adrian Peterson, 84, of Volga, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Brookings hospital with many of his family by his side.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Volga. Burial is in Bethany Cemetery at Astoria. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Eidsness Funeral Chapel in Volga.
Don was born on July 6, 1928, to Oscar and Johanne (Kjenstad) Peterson in Canby, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed at the Highland Lutheran Church in Brandt.
Don attended Brandt High School and graduated in 1946. On Aug. 1, 1946, Don entered the US Army and was honorably discharged on March 1, 1947, due to Rheumatic Fever.
After his discharge, Don began teaching country school for one year before enrolling at Northern State College in Aberdeen. He received his bachelor’s degree and returned to Brandt where he taught and coached for the next three years.
Don then taught and coached in Volga for five years, before beginning a career with the United States Postal Service.
On June 28, 1953, Don married Helen Ruttum at the Astoria Bethel Lutheran Church. Don worked as a rural letter carrier from 1959 until his retirement in 1994.
Don was an avid sports fan. He truly enjoyed watching all kinds of sporting events, especially following his grandchildren in sports and music activities.
Don was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Volga and was the Rural Letter Carrier’s State Treasurer for 20 years. Don enjoyed fishing, gardening and camping with his family.
Don and Helen spent many winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they made numerous friends. Don will be remembered for his passion for sports and his love for the Sioux Valley Cossacks.
Don is survived by his wife, Helen; children,: David (Evelyn) Peterson of Redding, Calif., Lonnie (Joan) Peterson of Sioux Falls, Kent (Carol) Peterson of Tea, Brian (Glenda) Peterson of Imperial, Mo., and Janet (Derek) Peterson of Volga; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a great-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren and sister, Helen Koval of Seattle; five nephews, three nieces and numerous other relatives.
Don was preceded in death by his brother, Lowell and sister-in-law, Mary Peterson; and his parents in-law.