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John ‘Dick’ Persson

HARDING — John R. “Dick” Persson, 80, resident of Harding, died Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. Dick was born in Brainerd on Jan. 8, 1932, to John and Ellen (McCann) Persson.

He retired after a career with the Burlington Northern Railroad and also worked at Bieganek Implement in Harding. Following retirement, he was self employed in his small engine repair business. Dick enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his children Jim Persson, Jerry (Mary) Persson and Renee (Jeff Harper) Persson; grandchildren, Craig (Andrea Lowery), Keith, Andrew and Josh Persson.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with visitation 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and the hour before services Thursday. Burial will be in Dykeman Cemetery.

Nelson-Doran, Brainerd.