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Obituary: Ronald Edward Peterson

Ronald Edward Peterson, 90, of Carlton, passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in his home.

He was born May 9, 1931, in Glenwood, Minnesota to Harold and Valera Peterson. In 1938 the family moved to Moose Lake, where Ron attended elementary and high school, graduating in 1949. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College, served in the National Guard in Cloquet, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, and served in Korea 1952 to 1953. In 1953, Ron married Mildred Emerson in Orlando. They moved to Fargo and he attended North Dakota State University, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy.

Following graduation, Ron began his pharmacy career in Escondido, California before moving to Moose Lake in 1967, where he co-owned Peterson Drug with his father and brother. He was also the pharmacist at the Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center for almost 30 years until retiring in 1994.

Ron married Betty Swanson and moved to Carlton in 2005, where he was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church and enjoyed his bible study friends. Ron participated in many civic organizations over the years. Exercise and health were important his entire life. Ron was an avid Twins fan and didn't miss a day reading his newspaper.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mildred Peterson; daughters Tracey Bordine, Kim Peterson and Rhonda Skelton; and son-in-law Norman Bordine.

He is survived by his wife Betty; daughter Lisa (Ben) Snodgrass of Washington; stepchildren, Ann (Randy) Jusczak of Moose Lake, Ryan (Rachel) Swanson of Carlton, and Amy (Matthew) DeCaigny of Sawyer; son-in-law Doug Skelton of Moose Lake; grandchildren, Ethan, Alicia, Jason, Tiffany, Shayne, Emma, Laura, Aaliyah, Anthony, Caitlin, Alyssa, Adrianna, Jayden, Justin, Olivia, Madelyn, Eliza and Sophia; great-grandchildren, Scotlyn, Livia, Torin and Harper; brothers, Wayne (Sharon) Peterson of Moose Lake, and Craig (Diane) Peterson of Grand Marais; and many special nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 11 a.m. until the noon celebration of life service Saturday, March 5 in Bethesda Lutheran Church, Carlton. A luncheon will follow in the church social hall. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Moose Lake in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet. To sign the guestbook and leave an online tribute see http://www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com. Memorials to Rhonda Kay Skelton Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Essentia Health, Moose Lake Foundation, 4572 County Road 61, Moose Lake MN 55767.

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