RAYMOND “TUSSA” PETERSONRaymond G. “Tussa” Peterson, 86, of Two Harbors, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
RAYMOND “TUSSA” PETERSON
Raymond G. “Tussa” Peterson, 86, of Two Harbors, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Raymond was born Feb. 11, 1927, to Gilbert and Emma (West) Peterson in Two Harbors, where he grew up and graduated from high school. Upon graduation Tussa enlisted in the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Oklahoma City. He returned home and married Lois Anderson on June 19, 1948, in Two Harbors, where they raised their family. He worked as a machinist for the D.M.&I.R. Railway, was a partial owner of Ready Mix and was a part-time owner of Mobil Oil in Two Harbors. Tussa also worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic for the 49ers until his retirement in 1990.
Tussa was a member of the Moose, V.F.W., and the Voyageurs Snowmobile Club.
Tussa enjoyed helping and spending time with his family. He was a kind, gentle man who cared deeply for his entire family, his time in the U.S. Navy, his country, and its flag. Every time he heard the “Star Spangled Banner” he stood up and proudly placed his hand on his heart with tears in his eyes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Willie; and sister Esther.
Tussa is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois; children Steven “Prune” (Marilynn), Shay (Bill) Cavallin, Jim “Pete” and Jeff (Libby), all of Two Harbors; grandchildren Lisa (Richard) Singleton, Bryan (Julie) Peterson, Steph (Adam) Aho, Amy (Mike) McGrath, Chrissy (Scott) Libal, Jennifer (Frank) Hertzberg and Caiden Peterson; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Flossie Johnson of Minneapolis and Alice (Kermit) Otterblad of Two Harbors; brother-in-law Connie Nelson of Duluth; and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial service Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. To sign the online guestbook please go to www.cavallinfuneralhome.com
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