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Richard 'Pete' Peterson

Richard "Pete" Peterson triumphed over cancer when he went to be with our Lord on June 10, 2014. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October 2002, underwent chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries. Pete maintained his indomitable sense of humor, grace, and love throughout his life. His faith in Jesus Christ did not waver.

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Richard A. Peterson was born on December 14, 1969 to Leslie and Bonnie Peterson. His sister, Nancy, joined the family in 1971. He met his bride-to-be, Dina Wormuth, at Macalester College during their first semester of school. They were united in matrimony on August 31, 1991. The couple moved to Brainerd, Minnesota in 1996 and Pete began working for Larco, Inc. He remained with Larco/Atek until the side effects of his brain tumor and treatments made him unable to work.

Richard and Dina were blessed with a son, Logan, in 1993 and a daughter, McKenzie, in 1998. Pete was always very active with his children, helping to coach their baseball teams, Math Masters, and volunteering in their classrooms. Even when he was very ill, he made it a point to attend each game or concert of his children. "I can stay home and feel sick, or I can go to the event and feel sick. I know which one I choose!"

Richard is survived by his wife, Dina, children, Logan and McKenzie, of Brainerd, MN, parents, Leslie and Bonnie Peterson of Cloquet, MN, his sister, Nancy (Lorne) Middlestead of Hibbing, MN, and his grandparents, Kenneth and Gladys Beise of Cloquet, MN. He is well loved by his extended family, church family and community.

There will be a visitation at Lakewood Church in Baxter, MN on Sunday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. There will be a service at Lakewood Church on Monday at 2:00 pm with a one hour visitation prior to the service. A reception will follow. Memorial donations may be sent to the family or the American Cancer Society.

Our family would like to extend our thanks to all who have walked with us through this journey; the wonderful staff at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the Brain Tumor Center, Essentia Health in Brainerd, Heartland Hospice, our family at Lakewood Church, our sports families, co-workers, and Brainerd community. We have been well-loved by you all.

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