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