Virgil Peterson, age 84, of Hector, died Friday, July 17, 2020 at Olivia Hospital in Olivia. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Hector with Pastor Amy Karlson officiating. Burial will be in the Hector City Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at church on Tuesday. Arrangements by Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN.
Virgil Ebner Peterson was born September 14, 1935 in Martinsburg Township, Hector, Minnesota to Randolph and Alida (Larson) Peterson. Virgil grew up five miles south of Hector on the family farm and graduated from Hector High School. He was baptized and confirmed at Swedlanda Lutheran Church. Virgil married Virge Ann Brecht on October 4, 1958 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. He served his country in the Army National Guard from 1957-1963. He farmed his entire life, retiring in 1997, but still managed to help his son Bradley with farming. Virgil enjoyed farming, fishing, deer hunting, wintering in Arizona and camping for the past ten plus years at Lake Minnewaska. Virgil was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church in Hector.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Virge Ann (Brecht) of Hector; his two sons: Scott (and Mary) Peterson of Sauk Centre and Bradley Peterson of Hector and special friend Shelly Lange of Stewart; his three grandchildren: Randy (and Rachel) Peterson of Starbuck, Amanda (and David) Quinlan of Monticello and Kelly Peterson (and special friend Trevor Zastro) of Long Prairie; his three great-grandchildren: Evan and Natalee Quinlan of Monticello and Nolan Peterson of Starbuck; his brother Leland (and Flora) Peterson of Hector; and his two step siblings: Dale (and Shirley) Patton of Gaylord and Vonnie (and Roger) McGown of Mankato. Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; his step mother Florence Patton Peterson; his step sister, Helen Hanson; brother-in-law, David Brecht and many aunts and uncles.
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