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“I had the privilege of knowing Fred when I was in college at Mankato. We met after an art class and have never met anyone who was as simple yet...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Dave Chrischilles - Algona, IA

“We are made better by having known Fred. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Al & Gail Batt - Hartland, MN

“Oh I am so sorry for your loss Joan and the family. So sorry I missed the service. Just saw this now. You and your family are in my thoughts and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Sue Grunzke - Alden, MN

“Sam, Rocky, and family,So sorry for your loss. May you be sustained by all the good memories. Cindy and Lea from Living Table ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Cindy Schippet - Friend

“Oh Joan ! We are so terribly sorry to hear about Fred!! Our sincerest sympathies to you, Sam & Autumn!! May your memories bring you comfort & peace!...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Sue & John Vee - Wells, MN


Fredric Ralph Peterson, age 64, passed away suddenly at his home in Freeborn, MN on June 8, 2017. He will continue his cooking experiments and good humor for others up in heaven. He was born in Mason City, IA on November 17th, 1952 to Sophus and Dorothy (Witter) Peterson. He grew up in Clear Lake, IA graduating from high school in 1971. He went on to North Iowa Area Community College and then finished his BFA in Studio Art and later his BS degree in Art Education at Mankato State University.

Fred married Joan Jones in August 1982 and the couple eventually settled in Freeborn. Together they raised two children: Samuel and Autumn.
Fred held various positions through the years including jobs at Brown Printing, teaching school for Alden-Conger/Freeborn, later subbing in area schools, and custodial work for both the Freeborn Congregational church and Freeborn Lumber Company. Fred had many interests including reading biographies, hiking in the state parks, bird watching, gardening, and bread baking. His bread was thoroughly enjoyed by his family and he would often give loaves as gifts which were enthusiastically received. Fred also really enjoyed singing and took part in choirs throughout his life. Most recently including the local Albert Lea choir The Careyaires until declining health prevented him from continuing participation. Fred enjoyed movies and weekly took his wife to the show.

Surviving family members include: wife Joan of Freeborn, son Samuel (Roxy) of Saint Paul, and daughter Autumn of Mankato area. Other surviving family members include: sister Nancy McCarthy, brother Bob Peterson, and nephew Brian (Vanessa) McCarthy of Orlando, FL. Proceeding in death were his parents and in-laws Paul (Norma) Jones as well as niece, Michele (McCarthy) Sullivan and brother in-law, Tom McCarthy.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN with Rev. Cherie Daniel officiating. Visitation will be Monday, June 12th from 5 -7 PM at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. A luncheon at the Gilmore-Stensrud American Legion in Freeborn, MN will follow at 11:30 AM.