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Linder (Pete) Edward Pederson, 86, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais. He was born November 30, 1932 in Greenbush Township (Princeton), Minn. to Olaf and Agnes (Anderson) Pederson.
He leaves his wife of 39 years, Kathy (Haugen) Pederson, two sons David (Debra) Pederson and Steven Pederson, both from Princeton, Minn., and two daughters Julie (Scott) Puch from Naples, Fla. and Kirsten (Gary Nesgoda) Pederson from Grand Marais; eight grandchildren, Derek (Emily) Pederson, Samantha (Clayton) Hackbarth, Mason Liljestrand, Carly (Cory Pederson) Puch, and Illia, Quincy, Olivia and Caster Nesgoda; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Mya and Eleanor Pederson, and Vincent and Arabella Hackbarth; brother Stanley Pederson and sister Jeanie (Jack) DeGeus; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by father and mother, Olaf and Agnes Pederson, brother Dalbert Pederson, uncle Edward Pederson, sister-in-law LuRay (Stanley) Pederson, and first wife Joyce Pederson.
Pete grew up on the Pederson family farm in Princeton. He attended Princeton High School until 1950, then served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954, then re-enlisted again in 1955-1959. He was Honorably Discharged as Staff Sergeant. He went on to work for the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant from1960-1971 and then went on to work and retire as the supervisor of Supplies Technician at Fort McCoy U.S. Army Base, Sparta, Wis., from 1971-1987.
In 1980, Linder and Kathy bought their house in Grand Marais, then moved there in 1988. He then worked as a part-time mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Grand Marais for a few years. He also worked at Buck’s Hardware part-time for a few years hauling recycling, going on bait runs and any other odds and ends that came up.
Some of his favorite things to do were spending time with his grandchildren, deer hunting with his boys on the family farm in Princeton, going to the casino to spend his “wrinkle money,” listening to The Portage Band when they played at the Legion or Care Center, and having coffee and conversation with the staff at Buck’s Hardware.
As requested by Linder there will be no funeral service. He will be interred this summer in Princeton.