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CLIFFORD MILTON PETERSON

CLIFFORD MILTON PETERSON WAS BORN JULY 24, 1926 IN UNION COUNTY, IOWA AND PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 25, 2008 AT CLEARVIEW NURSING HOME IN MOUNT AYR, IOWA AT THE AGE OF 81 YEARS, SEVEN MONTHS, AND ONE DAY. HEW WAS BORN THE SON OF HARRY AND MINNIE MARIE (KOHNLECHNER) PETERSON. HE GREW UP ON THE FARM AND FARMED WITH HIS PARENTS. ON MAY 10, 1950 HE WAS MARRIED TO MILDRED FRANCIS TODD IN OSCEOLA,IOWA AND TO THIS UNION TWO CHILDREN WERE BORN, DAUGHTER LINDA AND SON JOE.

HE FARMED FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THEN WAS EMPLOYED BY BURLINGTON, NORTHERN RAILROAD WHERE HE RETIRED AFTER 32 YEARS OF SERVICE.

CLIFFORD LOVED HAVING HIS GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN WITH HIM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. HE ALWAYS LIKED STAYING BUSY DOING THINGS FOR OTHER PEOPLE, PLOWING GARDENS, MOWING LAWNS AND WHATEVER ANYONE NEEDED DONE. HE TRAVELED A LOT FOR THE RAILROAD SO WHEN HE CAME HOME ON WEEKENDS, HE REALLY ENJOYED PLAYING CARDS WITH HIS FELLOW RAILROAD EMPLOYEES, OF COURSE, IN THEIR SPARE TIME. HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, THREE BROTHERS AND TWO SISTERS.

LEFT TO CHERISH CLIFFORD’S MEMORY INCLUDE HIS WIFE, MILDRED OF MURRY, IOWA; DAUGHTER, LINDA TILK AND HUSBAND MYRON OF OSCELO, IOWA; SON, JOE PETERSON AND WIFE BECKY OF MURRY, IOWA; FOUR GRANDCHILREN, CARMEN WEIR, AND HUSGAND MIKE OF ST. LOUIS, MO.; CHRIS CARRICO OF MURRAY, IOWA, ALANA CARRICO OF OSCEOLA, IOWA AND TABBY WLCHER OF THAYER, IOWA; THREE STEPGRANDCHILDREN, KEVIN GIBBES OF CRESTON, IOWA; BRIAN ZIMMERMAN OF CRESTON, IOWA AND RODGER ZIMMERMAN OF MURRAY, IOWA; THREE GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, CORY HOWARD OF ST. LOUIS, MO.; SKYLER CARRICO AND RYAN THOMAS OF OSCEOLA, IOWA; STEP GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, MADDIE ZIMMERMAN OF SOUTH DAKOTA; DERECK ZIMMERMAN OF CRESTON, IOWA; AND CRYSTAL ZOMORA OF CRESTON, IOWA; TWO SISTERS, LEOTA JAMES AND HUSBAND PAUL OF MURRAY, IOWA; LEONA HOLLAND OF MURRY, IOWA; ONE BROTHER, HENRY PETERSONOF MOUNT AYR, IOWA AND SEVERAL NIECES, NEPHEWS AND A HOST OF FRIENDS.

SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED AT THE METHODIST CHURCH IN HOPEVILLE, IOWA ON FEBRUARY 29 WITH REV. DWAYNE HENRICHS OFFICIATING. SPECIAL MUSICAL SELECTION WER “IN THE GARDEN” AND “THE LONG BLACK TRAIN.”

CASKET BEARERS WERE CHRIS CARRICO, BRIAN PETERSON, CORY HOWARD, RODGER ZIMMERMAN, BRIAN ZIMMERMAND AND KEVIN GIBBENS.

HONORARY PALL BEARERS WERE TOM JAMES, DICK RUTLEDGE, DELBERT WELCHER, MELVIN DAVIS, LANE DAVIS AND ELVA SHEETS.

CLIFFORD WAS LAID TO REST IN THE HOPEVILLE CEMETERY, HOPEVILLE, IOWA.

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