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October 24, 1943 – Saturday, September 17, 2011

Service Information
Buffalo Covenant Church
Friday September 23, 2011
11:00 a.m.

Visitation Information
Buffalo Covenant Church
Friday September 23, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Upon leaving his 50th year class reunion Dale Peterson 67, lifelong resident of Buffalo, suddenly passed away and entered the gates of Heaven.
Dale and his twin brother Dave were born on October 24, 1943 to Burton and Lorna Larson Peterson in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dale served four years in the United States Navy. Dale married Rosie Varner on August 10, 1968 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Watertown, South Dakota. Dale and Rosie’s marriage was blessed their adopted son Keith in 1981. Dale worked for Graco, Inc. for 34 years and took over as manager for an 8-unit apartment building after his father’s death in 2008.
Dale was a generous, loving family man, who was devoted to Jesus and gave to many charities. Dale was the type of person who would give anybody the shirt off his back, but did not want any recognition of his good deeds. Dale enjoyed collecting antiques and coins. Dale loved his dogs Clyde and Sparky; he enjoyed feeding them hot fudge sundaes.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Michael Peterson and David Peterson.
Dale is survived by his wife Rosie, son Keith (Kathy) Peterson, and three children from a previous marriage; daughter Hannah “Bunny” (Steve) Orange, and sons William “Billy” (Helen) Donegan, John “Jay” Donegan, sisters Karen (Dabet) Ngandali and Donna (Gary) Hopkins, two sister-in-laws, Carol Peterson and Carolyn Gullings, 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service will be held for Dale Peterson at 11:00 a.m. on Friday September 23, at the Buffalo Covenant Church. Visitation will be held Friday September 23, at the Buffalo Covenant Church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment at the Swedish Mission cemetery with military rites will follow the funeral service.

13 Guestbook Entries


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Dale was a good and kind man.
    Roxanne and Matthew

  2. Amy Peterson

    My uncle. My second dad. You leave a very large hole here on Earth… but oh, the smiles you added in Heaven on Saturday night.

    Much love… until you meet me at the gate.

    Love you… to Heaven and back,

  3. Jill Kreitlow Bowman

    My sympathies to the Peterson family in the loss of your husband, father, brother, uncle. Thinking of you, Donna

  4. Hannah ( Bunny) Orange

    Although we only had a short time together (11 yrs.) I will miss you a life time. I hope they are serving calamari up there! lol Love ya to the moon, Dale.

  5. Cheri Chalstrom

    To the Peterson Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Cherish the memories. He was a very kind man and he will be missed.

  6. Dannielle & Bill Manthey

    Cousin Rosie and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. It was always nice to see you and Dale at all the family gatherings. We just saw Dale at Taylor’s graduation this summer. Dale will be missed.

  7. John Donegan

    I am so sorry for our loss. I wish so much I could be there for you in person, Rosie. I will miss him so, so much. More than words can say. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Bill and Helen Donegan and family

    Rosey, Keith and Peterson family; some years ago our family was introduced to a wonderful, kind, and loving man. Thank you Peterson family for making that union possible. Rosie and Keith, may God carry you through these hard time. R.I.P. Dale we love you with all our hearts.

  9. Sharon & Terry Uttke

    We were so sorry to hear about Dale. Know that we are thinking of you and your family.

  10. Cindy Zager

    Rosie, Sorry to hear about Dale’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  11. Rhonda Griffin

    Rosie (and Family),
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Just know you’ll see him again. A christian never says goodbye, just, “See you later.”

  12. Mark & Tammy Axford

    Dear Rosie,
    Our love, thoughts & prayers are with you. Dale was such a sweet person with a gentle smile. Our love of antiques brought us together and made us friends. Please know that our friendship will never be lost. God’s Blessing to you all at this time.

  13. karl e hohenstein

    Dear Peterson Family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord give you strength through this time.

    I attended high school with Dale and his brothers. His Dad was my school bus driver. Now the whole Peterson family is gone, the special ones that I grew up with.

    May the Lord Bless you and may His face shine upon you!

    Love to you all,

    Karl E Honenstein


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