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Raymond Berdell Peterson

Raymond Berdell Peterson, 83, of Crosslake, Minn., was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Blue Earth, Minn. 

Funeral services for Raymond were scheduled for Monday, May 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church-The Log Church in Crosslake, with Pastor Fred Cressman officiating. Visitation was Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake and one hour prior to services Monday. American Legion Crosslake Post 500, Crosslake, provided military honors. Interment was scheduled at Swanburg Cemetery in Pine River, Minn.

Raymond Berdell Peterson was born July 3, 1930, in Delavan, Minn., to Anton and Alma (Haneland) Peterson. He grew up and went to school in Blue Earth, Minn., and served his country in the Army from 1953-1955 in Korea. Raymond was united in marriage to Arlene Cassens on Dec. 7, 1956, in Mankato, Minn. Together they raised three children and farmed the family farm for more than 30 years. 

In 1985 they moved to their vacation home in Crosslake. Raymond’s faith in God and his love for his wife and family were his biggest blessings. Raymond loved to hunt with his sons, grandsons and nephews throughout Minnesota and out West. These hunting adventures left us all with many great stories and lasting memories. He enjoyed helping his boys out at the nursery, traveling to Blue Earth to visit Lori and her family, and never missing out on a grandchild’s event or his great-granddaughter’s weekly visits. Raymond also looked forward to traveling and spending time in Arizona with his family and friends.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 57 years, Arlene; children, Randy (Linnea) Peterson of Crosslake, Lori (Dwight) Olson of Blue Earth, and Steven (Laurie) Peterson of Manhattan Beach, Minn.; grandchildren, Brandon (Amber), Ciarra, Shai and Connor; great-grandchildren, Avery and Ashlyn; brother, David (Florence) Peterson; sisters, Evelyn Abram and Diane Schaper; sister-in-law, Marjie Peterson; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Palmer Peterson; sisters, Maureen (Ora) Orth, Katherine (Wayne) Cherland, Pearl (Harry) Gresser, Adeline (Hank) Carlson and Betty (Howard) Werner; mother-in-law, Ann Cassens; father-in-law, Onnen Cassens; brothers-in-law, Jim Abram and Larry Cassens; and nephews, Ronald Orth, Leroy Orth, Larry Orth, Mike Teems and Tim Weise. 

Arrangements were entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.

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