Memorial services for Clayton Dean Peterson, age 79, of Hayward, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Hayward Lutheran Church. Rev. Josh Enderson will officiate. Interment will be at Hayward Cemetery. Friends may greet the family beginning at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Clayton died Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea.
Clayton Dean Peterson was born February 9, 1938 in a private home on 1st Street in Albert Lea, the son of Clifford R. Peterson and Olive L. Olson-Peterson. A lifelong resident of Hayward, Clayton graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1956. Clayton was a street maintenance engineer for the City of Albert Lea for 34 years before retiring in 2003. He had previously worked at Paul Olson Construction, Freeborn County Co-op LP Gas, and Hayward Cemetery lawn service with his children. He was Chief of the Hayward Township Fire Department for more than 15 years. Clayton was a member of Hayward Lutheran Church, Hayward 4-H, Albert Lea FFA, Freeborn County Fire Association, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He participated in league baseball, softball, and bowling, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Clayton really enjoyed playing cards and telling stories. He played Whist at least once a week for the last few decades. Since his retirement, he had breakfast every weekday morning with friends.
Clayton is survived by his children, Mark (Luis) Peterson of Lantana, FL, Dean Peterson of Hayward, MN, Jill (Troy) Heeren of Hampton, NE, Jay Peterson of New Carlisle, OH; grandson, Joshua (Laine) Kovac of Jacksonville, FL, granddaughters, Julia Jones, Breanna, Samantha, and Sophia Heeren of NE; great-granddaughter, Scarlett Kovac of Jacksonville, FL; sisters, Mavis Miller and Shirley (Richard) Kraushaar, both of Austin, MN; brother, Charles Peterson of Albert Lea; sisters, Darlene (Blaine) Hoar of Royal, AR and Gayle (Earl) Neist of Albert Lea; and a community of neighbors and friends from Hayward, Eagles, and local fire departments.
Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Mary Peterson, and brother-in-law, Raymond Miller.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to any of these Hayward, MN 56043 organizations: Hayward Lutheran Church, Hayward Township Fire Department, or Hayward Cemetery.