Ed Peterson, age 71, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, surrounded by his family after a brief, but intense illness.
Edwin Leroy Peterson was born March 12, 1940 to Harvey and Evelyn (Specketer) Peterson in Alta. He would spend his life there in Alta, being baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church and later, on April 11, 1954 he would be confirmed there. He also attended school at Alta, where he loved playing football.
On Aug. 9, 1968 he married Peg Kleespies in Storm Lake. A few years later their daughter, Donna was born. In 1991, he moved to town and spent his remaining years with his companion Velita Cox.
Ed worked at Hy Grade for some time, and did some open road trucking but much of his time was spent hauling feed for Columbian Feed. He also plowed roads for the State Dept of Iowa for a short time and enjoyed "working" with the crew at Buzz's Salvage most recently.
Being outside in nature brought him the most joy in life. He especially enjoyed his time in Alaska with his family there. He loved fishing and hunting. He spent countless hours in his garden in the summer, in between camping trips that is, and camping for him was all about fishing! And he enjoyed being able to provide asparagus to everyone in need from his secret routes. He also enjoyed cooking and was very good at it. His all day soups were plentiful and he enjoyed sharing them with his family and friends. And at the end of day, or sometimes the middle of the day, he enjoyed a few cold beers among friends in the local pub!
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Janet Nielsen.
He is survived by his daughter, Donna, and son-in-law, Jer Warrington of Estherville; girlfriend, Velita Cox of Alta; step-daughter, Heidi (Charlie) Small of Albert City; grandchildren, Mason Warrington of Estherville, and Glenn, Greta, Graham, and Grace Small of Albert City; sister, Karen (Lyle) Morenz of Storm Lake; his nephew Brent (Andrea) Morenz of Plankinton, SD and their children, Taylor, Kyle and Victoria; and his niece, Amy (Broc) Auen and their children, Jace and Brenen of Newton, Ia. Also his favorite cats, Lucy and Zoey and life long friends Bob and Cory Reed of Texas.
As we say goodbye to Ed, we honor that he wasn't much for funerals, so there will be no service to mourn his passing. His family and friends are celebrating his life and smiling. Ed wanted it that way, and yes, he's smiling, too!