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Duane Lorren Peterson

January 9, 1932 — February 8, 2020

Funeral Service for Duane L. Peterson, age 88 of Albert Lea, will be at 11am on Thursday (2/13) at Silver Lake Lutheran Church, rural Northwood, IA. Rev. Randy Baldwin will officiate. Burial will be in Silver Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7pm on Wednesday (2/12) at Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Duane Lorren Peterson passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday February 8th at the Woodlands at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea where he’d been a resident for 6 weeks.

Duane was born at home in Freeborn County on January 9, 1932 to parents Daniel and Luella Peterson. He was baptized at Silver Lake Lutheran Church on February 14, 1932 and confirmed at Bristol Lutheran Church on June 2, 1946.

On September 7, 1951 he was united in marriage with Betty Halvorson at Sion Lutheran Church. Duane served his country from 1952-1954. He served overseas in the Korean War. He was proud to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. for veterans in 2010. He was a member of the Silver Lake Lutheran Church, the Emmons American Legion Post 317 celebrating 63 years of membership serving as Post commander from 1984 - 1986, The Eagles for 60 years, and the Albert Lea Senior Citizens. He was a lifetime member of the Albert Lea VFW.

Duane worked at Wilson’s/Farmstead for 30 years along with farming. Duane and Betty enjoyed spending their winters in Texas for 20+ years and also enjoyed trips to Alaska, Hawaii and a Carribean Cruise.

Duane enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing cards, snowmobiling, playing bingo, camping, casio trips and tractor rides. Most of all he loved to spend time with family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 67 years Betty; his children Danny, Terry (Audrey) and Debbie (Bruce) Madsen; grandchildren  Amy (Jay) Wadding, Brett (Kristen) Peterson, Ryan (Lindsey) Madsen, Charlie (Christie) Peterson; great grandchildren Kayla and Abby Wadding, Mara, Joseph and Eddie Peterson, Ryker and Ayda Madsen, Charlotte and Claire Peterson; sister Kitty Sandsmark; brother Gene (JoAnn) Peterson; sisters-in-law Phyllis Jacobs and Molly Bachtle; brothers-in-law Ron (Esther) Halvorson and Roger (Arlyce) Halvorson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; sister Beverly Thrond; brothers-in-law John Jacobs, Gary Bachtle, and Marlin Sandsmark.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Silver Lake Cemetery Fund or Peace and Power.  

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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