James O. Peterson

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James O. Peterson – Conroe, Texas

James (Jim) Orlin Peterson, formerly of Benson, passed away on January 21, 2016 at the Village Green Care Center in Conroe, Texas.  A private family service will be held in Conroe on January 30th.  Cards and memorials may be sent to Robert A. Peterson, 908 Melanie Park, Conroe, TX 77304.

Jim was born August 6, 1929 in Fargo, ND, the Son of Alfred and Marie Peterson.  He spent his early years in Christine, ND and graduated from Glenwood (MN) High School in 1947.  He married Jean Ogren on August 3, 1950.  Jim was ambitious and had a number of careers over his life.  He started out working for the Morris Sun Newspaper in Morris, MN, but after only a few years he started in a number of successful businesses including 2 print shops, a gas station and along with Jean they owned a women’s clothing store, a large motel, and a farm.   In his later years, because he enjoyed getting out and meeting people, he went into agricultural feed sales and finished his working career as a representative for a large egg producing farm.  Although Jim spent most of his adult life in Benson he also lived in California, Washington, Texas and Oklahoma.  Jim and Jean raised 3 sons and they always enjoyed being part of their lives along with all of their families.  Jim enjoyed watching football, basketball and baseball on TV or in person; he especially enjoyed watching his sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren participating in school activities.  He was an avid golfer and was especially proud of his 6 holes-in-one.  In addition, he loved bowling and playing games, especially card games of any kind.  Jim and Jean were active members of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson for many years.

Jim is survived by a sister Norma, 3 sons, Bob (Karen) of Conroe, TX, Jim of Rochester, MN, Dave (Deborah) of Woodbury, MN; grandchildren, Toni (Eric) Hadlund, Robert (Julie) Peterson, Meridee (Brian) Rodel, Jim (Erin) Peterson, David (Katie) Peterson, Mark (Carrie) Peterson, Katie (Dan) Decabooter, Rachel (Trent) Studier; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Jack, Hannah, Jozy, Lilly, Maddox, Xaiver, Brennan, Graham, Noah, Eleanor, Charlie, Carson, Hudson and Oskar.

Jim was preceded in death by His Wife, Parents, Sisters June, Helen, infant Sister Norma and Brothers Sanford and Alden.

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