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Mark Brian Petersen

Known and loved by many as a “curmudgeonly old ironworker” Mark Brian Petersen passed away in his home on Friday, August 26, 2022 after his battle with pancreatic cancer.  Mark spent the last 9 years of his life giving cancer hell, taking any prognosis from his doctors as a challenge… just to prove them wrong.

Born in Parker, South Dakota, Mark knew that he had to see more of the country. He spent several years adventuring (mostly doing lots of things that he prayed would not be repeated) and we believe he did  not share all of the stories. (Which might be a good thing.) He ended up in Hutchinson, Minnesota where he met Barb. Somehow, she fit perfectly into his crazy life and they settled down at their home in Buffalo to begin their life as a family.

A proud Local 512 Union Ironworker for more than 30 years, Mark’s passion and handiwork will continue to benefit people for generations, as he’s left his mark (pun not intended) on buildings throughout Minnesota.

Mark stayed busy through retirement, thanks to endless projects from his wife and daughter, created and intended to “keep him out of trouble.” He spent those years as well as anyone could dream, reading anything he could get his hands on, working in his wood shop, helping his daughter flip a house, traveling to places he’d only ever dreamed of, hunting and fishing between treatments, spending time with his family and friends, and soaking up every moment knowing that they wouldn’t last forever.

Just before his final diagnosis Mark joined his wife, daughter Leah and her boyfriend Luke on a “bucket list” Sturgeon Fishing Trip in Hells Canyon. Those smiles and memories will be cherished by his family for eternity.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Frisco and Clara Jane Petersen, brothers Todd and Neil Petersen, sister and brother-in-law Jody (Petersen) and Al Dreves. He is survived by his wife Barb (Gronewold) Petersen, daughter Leah Petersen (Luke Pitts), brother Joel Petersen and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will host a Celebration of Life on Mark’s 70th birthday, October 29, 2022.

Mark is now at peace.

October 29, 1952 – August 26, 2022

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Connie Lettenmaier

    Mark made me feel “special “ when he was on his traveling adventures with his wife. Whenever they were close… they would call and let me know they were close … and could I meet them. Absolutely!! Those visits to me were PRICELESS. I will love him forever. (You too Barb) He will be missed but NEVER forgotten.
    So sorry for your loss….God needed a good one ❤️

  2. Jan Heyerdahl

    Leah, my heart aches for you and your mom. May the memories of your dad be a warm blanket to cover you through the chills of grief. What a warrior he was for so many years!
    You remain in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

    P.S. The obituary is a beautiful tribute to your dad!

  3. Donna Magin

    Mark was loved by many and will not be forgotten! Sending hugs and prayers to your family.

  4. Sheryl Atherton James

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Leah. Cherish the memories and smile when you think of them. He was a very handsome man with a twinkle in his eye. Godspeed to you and your family.


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