William Nelson Peterson, 83, of Kenmare, passed away Friday evening Aug. 3, 2012, in Kenmare.
Bill was born on Feb. 14, 1929, to William P. and Agnes A. (Nelson) Peterson on his grandfather's farm near Northwood. He grew up on a farm, first living in rural Northwood until 1946 when the family relocated to Kenmare. He continued farming in the Kenmare area until his retirement in 1992.
Bill married Charlotte Walstrom on Jan. 26, 1963, in Royal, Iowa.
Anyone who knew Bill, knew of his love of airplanes and flying. Many adventures were had by him and any locals brave enough to go on his flying exploits. Over the years Bill was an active bowler, a member of the Nazareth Church Council along with various other organizations in the area. He enjoyed spending time with family and especially telling his granddaughters stories and getting them to laugh. He also enjoyed boating and was very proud of his Norwegian heritage.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by: his wife of 49 years, Charlotte (Walstrom) Peterson, Kenmare; and their two sons, Mark (Deborah) Peterson, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and David, of Spencer, Iowa; his three granddaughters Alexandra, Samantha and Mackenzie, of which he was very proud; his sister, Karen (Carl) Scott, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; sisters-in-law, Beverly Walstrom, of Sioux City, Iowa, Majorie Frad, of Spencer, Iowa, and Darlene (Gover) Petitt, of Sheldon, Iowa; along several nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William P. and Agnes A. Peterson.
Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m., in Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare, with the Rev. John Syvertson officiating.
Burial will be at a later date in Spencer, Iowa.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home in Kenmare.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Bill may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).