Clifford Pederson

Clifford Pederson

Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, USA
Death 22 Feb 2008 (aged 96)
Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, USA
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Clifford Pederson, 96, of Pelican Rapids, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in Pelican Rapids.

Clifford was born June 16, 1911, in Pelican Rapids, the son of Parelius and Gina (Sorenson) Pederson, and was raised along with six brothers and six sisters. The farm home was located five miles north of Pelican. He attended country school at District 217, located on the Southeast edge of Sand Lake, a two-mile trek across the fields. During those years, his father always had the horses ready and when the weather required it, he used a snow sled.

He helped with the farming until he enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, serving from 1942 to 1946. He attended cook's and baker's school at Camp Cooke, Calif. He served overseas with the Anti-tank Company 387th Infantry Regiment, earning the rank of Sergeant.

After the war, he worked for Boise-Cascade Paper Company in International Falls, as a head truck driver for 25 years.
During this time he met and married Bonnie Fults on Dec. 28, 1957. Three children were born to this union, Valerie, Faron and Wade. Bonnie died at the age of 28 on Oct. 5, 1966, leaving Clifford to care for three young children. In 1972, Clifford moved his family to a farm east of Pelican.

On June 14, 1980, Clifford married Georgia Onstad. After health issues came about, he was cared for at the Love N' Care facility in Pelican Rapids, then later entered the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

Clifford enjoyed gardening, and his "tiller" was his toy. Fishing was his greatest joy; he would often tell his children and grandchildren how much he enjoyed fishing. Clifford was an early riser, cooking a hardy meal for his family, and a hard worker. He enjoyed life to the max, and had a great sense of humor.

Clifford was a member of Bethel Lutheran church in Pelican, which is now a residential home, the tower and bell are still in place. Clifford's father was the builder of the church (1917-1919) where the family was very active.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Palmer, Bennie, Ervin, Lawrence, Raymond and Morris; and six sisters, Vernice as an infant, Mabel Westby, Agnes Boe, Hilda (Svare) Wetterstrom, Edna Kjos and Gladys Lethenstrom.

Memorials preferred to the Good Samaritan Center in Pelican Rapids.

Visitation: Thursday one hour prior to the service at the funeral Home, Pelican Rapids

Service: 2 p.m. Thursday, at Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Pelican Rapids

Clergy: Rev. Arlen Svare

Burial: Bethel Cemetery, Pelican Rapids, with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 5252 and American Legion Post 17, Pelican Rapids

Funeral Home: Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids

Obituary: Fergus Falls Daily Journal - February 25, 2008

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  • Maintained by: ❀ T Burt
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 53154082
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