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Published June 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Donald Pederson

Much-loved husband, father and grandfather Donald D. Pederson, formerly of Verona, N.D. passed away on June 5, 2013, with his family at his side.

Donald was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Lisbon, N.D., to Arthur and Florence Pederson. He spent his youth farming, and spent his young adulthood doing construction and truck driving over the winters. In 1973, Donald went to work for Western Energy as a dragline operator, a vocation he truly enjoyed. He retired after 25 years. Post-retirement, and up until recently, Don spent his time happily working on a local cattle ranch.

Donald Pederson

Much-loved husband, father and grandfather Donald D. Pederson, formerly of Verona, N.D. passed away on June 5, 2013, with his family at his side.

Donald was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Lisbon, N.D., to Arthur and Florence Pederson. He spent his youth farming, and spent his young adulthood doing construction and truck driving over the winters. In 1973, Donald went to work for Western Energy as a dragline operator, a vocation he truly enjoyed. He retired after 25 years. Post-retirement, and up until recently, Don spent his time happily working on a local cattle ranch.

Often quiet amongst his gregarious family, Donald was an intelligent, curious and thoughtful person. He had a strong work ethic and a great sense of humor. He took such pleasure in watching his grandchildren grow and learn. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife, something they did a couple of times a year. He was an excellent mechanic and welder and could fix nearly anything.

Donald is survived by his wife, Eva; son Jason (Andrea) Pederson; daughters Erika (Tom) Davis, Lena Pederson and Gail Pederson; special nephew Wade (Joy) Schmaing; grandchildren Reanna, Reese, Remington, Tia, Wesley, Alex, Addison, Silas, Collin and Miles; great-grandchildren Ryleigh and Brooklyn; siblings Muriel (Ray) Dean, Leroy (Shera) Schneider, Marian (Dennis) Peterson; brothers-in-law Don (Kathy) Schmaing and Dan Schmaing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles, and grandson Kyle Pederson.

After thoughtful consideration, Donald chose to donate his body to Med Cure for medical research. The family is planning for a memorial in July.

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