Ivan Randolph Peterson, age 91 of Lake Mille Lacs, MN, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 4, 2018 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge, MN.
The sign at Ivan’s cabin read, “If there’s no Fishing in Heaven, I’m not going!” Ivan’s gone fishing!!!
Preceded in death by his parents Henry and Elna, brother Roland, daughter Lisa and son Lawrence.
Survived by his children: Ivy-Jo (Bill) Dumas, Michael (Carol), John, Donald, Chris (Jim) Sather and Wade.
Grandchildren: Jemma (Jason) Torseth, Jenica (Jeremy) Roalstad, Josh Dumas and Kathleen Byron, Gabriel Dumas, Jordan (Trevor) Farris, Austin Sather, Angelique Peterson, Alicia (Rob) Raphael, Nicole (Nilo) Alvarado, Aaron Peterson, Sondra Peterson and Amber Peterson
Great-grandchildren: Presley, Gia, Hudson, Ruby, Anthony, Millie, Owen and Roman
Also survived by his former wife and greatest friend, Avis Peterson, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Ivan served in the U.S. Army as a private first class combat veteran during World War II in the European Theatre. He obtained the occupational specialty classification of military chef, and was responsible for feeding the troops, but loved to indulge himself too. Upon his return, he began his printing career at Process Display in Minneapolis. He eventually became founder, CEO and President of Silk Screen Studio Inc. in Phoenix, AZ for over 25 years. He was also active in SPAI (Screen Printing Association International).
Ivan loved fishing on his beloved Mille Lacs Lake, spending time with his family watching Vikings games, playing cribbage, golfing and joking around. He was a die-hard deer hunter, and hunted right up to the very end with his son Mike. Ivan also enjoyed turkey hunting and smelting up near Duluth. He acquired his private pilot’s license and loved traveling the world. Ivan was a smart, witty, and loveable man, a jokester and a kid at heart.
Committal Service will be at 1PM, Friday, June 22, 2018 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery - A lunch will follow at VFW Post 5555, 6725 Lakeshore Drive, Richfield, MN 612-869-5555
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-5 PM, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at his lake home on Mille Lacs Lake in Malmo.