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Bohn L. Peterson - Estelline: Feb. 19, 1950 May 5, 2014

Posted: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Bohn Lawrence Peterson, 64, died at home Monday, May 5, 2014.

Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Estelline. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church followed by a Scripture Service at 7 p.m.

Bohn Lawrence Peterson was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Brookings to Merle and Bernadette (Bernie Gratz) Peterson. He grew up on a farm near Estelline.

He attended and graduated from Estelline High School in 1968. Bohn attended SDSU for three years, and returned to the family farm. He worked several years for Bowes Construction and worked for the Estelline Community Oil from 1999 until the time of his death.

He married Barbara Stahl on June 29, 1978, and to they had three children were born. Bohn married Karola (Schwartz) Bortnem on Oct. 27, 1994.

Bohn was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and past president of the Estelline Alumni Association.

The church and his family were very important to Bohn, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Bohn loved to hunt, fish, garden and play cards. He enjoyed visiting with anyone and everyone.

He was a loyal Minnesota Viking and Twins fan.

He is survived by his wife Karola of Estelline; one son, Daniel of Sioux Falls; two daughters, Amy of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sarah of Fountain, Colo.; two grandchildren; two step-sons, Erik Bortnem of Coweta, Okla., and Michael (Carrie) Bortnem of Estelline; step-daughter Jessica (Matt) Thielen and son Estelline; two step-grandchildren; three sisters, Bonnie Fjerestad of Brandon, Barbara (Keith) Bullock of Mesa, Ariz., and Becky (Dennis) Freeman of Green River, Wyo., father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Donna Jean Schwartz of Estelline; brothers-in-law, Richard (Darla), Ronald (Debbie), Roger (Pam), Russell and Rex (Trish) Schwartz; sister-in-law Kathleen (Kenneth) Schaeffer; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Bohn was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert, one sister Elizabeth Flowers, and a brother-in-law, Jim Fjerestad.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorials directed to the American Cancer Society or the Knights of Columbus.

Geise Funeral Home of Estelline is in charge of arrangements.

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