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Donald Oscar Peterson

June 27, 2018
Estherville News

Donald Oscar Peterson, age 92, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away at 8:47 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon. He was born July 19, 1925, on the family farm in Wallingford, Iowa, the son of Oscar and Bertha (Widme) Peterson.

Donald was a graduate of the Estherville High School, in Estherville, Iowa. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, receiving two bronze stars for bravery. He moved to Mt. Vernon, Missouri, with his wife, Beth, in 1977 to pursue his love of raising cattle. He loved his family, his animals, his farm and his country. He was a member of the Wallingford Lutheran Church, lifetime member of the Estherville, Iowa VFW, the American Legion of Wallingford, Iowa and the Steam Engine Club of Springfield, Missouri.

On August 12, 1955, he married Beth Gage at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. She preceded him in death on November 25, 1995.

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Donald is survived by his step-son, David Swanson and his wife, Ann; two granddaughters, Carlye Swanson Stringfellow and her husband Matthew and Nicole Swanson; two great-grandchildren, Riley Kate and Levi Stringfellow, all of Birmingham, Alabama; one brother, Nordein Peterson of Wallingford, Iowa; one nephew and two nieces.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Beth, his parents, Oscar and Bertha Peterson and his sister, Selma Peterson.

Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. Honorary pallbearers are Rick and Pudge Payne and Karl and Wyona Brooks.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Wallingford Cemetery in Wallingford, Iowa. Honorary pallbearers are Gail Egeland, Donald Gage, Gailen Gage and Loren Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wallingford Lutheran Church, in Wallingford, Iowa or the Mt. Vernon Veterans Home, in care of the funeral home.

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