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Bud Peterson, 77

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Maynard "Bud" Peterson, 77, died peacefully February 15, 2009 in a hospice in Oak Park Heights, 12 days after a massive stroke.

Maynard was born in Fairmont Township on May 26, 1931 to Howard Ivan "Pete" and Leone (Hartman) Peterson. In 1939, he moved to Alexandria with his parents and younger sister, Marlene (Lien), already having acquired the nickname "Bud" from his boyhood days spent near Bud Lake near Fairmont.

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Bud graduated in 1949 from Alexandria High School and served his country in the National Guard during the Korean Conflict. Upon his discharge in 1952 he joined the family grocery business in Alexandria.

On May 27, 1956, Bud married Sylvia Ann Erickson of Brandon and they made their home in Alexandria, raising three children. After 47 years, Sylvia preceded Bud in death in November 2003.

As a business entrepreneur, Bud constantly looked for ways to seize opportunities to create or expand prosperous business operations. In 1953, Pete's Super Valu became Alexandria's first supermarket. It relocated to Viking Plaza Mall in 1971, then, in 1986, became Pete's County Market and moved again.

Bud was a major investor in Frontier Enterprises, a local businessmen's group, which brought the Holiday Inn to town in 1970. He was fundamental in establishing the Viking Plaza Shopping Center featuring Pete's Super Valu. He was a principle founder of Viking Savings Association. He acquired the local trap range, building it up to a facility to accommodate many types of contests.

Bud's avid participation in hunting and fishing led him to participate in Viking Sportsmen and Ducks Unlimited. Anyone who knows Bud well has a hunting or fishing story about him.

Bud was a past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club and held memberships in the Eagles Club, American Legion, and Masonic Order. He retired from 25 years of duty as a volunteer fireman from the Alexandria Fire Department in 1981.

He was proud to reinvest in his community by philanthropic giving to Bethany Home, Alexandria School District 206, the Alexandria Lakes Maritime Museum, the Runestone Community Center, Alexandria Area Arts Association, the pending YMCA, and Concordia College in Moorhead.

He is survived by his three children, Diane J. Peterson (Dave Crawford, husband) of White Bear Lake; Neil Peterson and Shelley Anderson and her two sons, Matt and Josh Anderson and Josh's fiancée Amanda Henrichs, Neil's daughter, Heidi Kraemer; and Bruce Peterson of Alexandria. He passed on a love of the outdoors and a traditional sense of community service.

Funeral services were held February 25 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Dale Olson officiating. Music was provided by Becky Worley, organist, and Jennifer Maloney, soloist. Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria with Rod Vogt, Donnie Engebretson, Al Seltz, Bennie Ganje, Sherwin Carlson and John Lindquist serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Bud Carlson, Waldo Johnson, Vida Lukanen, Gladys Vogt and Rose Ann Chan.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.

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