Fredrick Daniel Peterson


Fredrick Daniel Peterson, 87, of Duluth, MN, passed away peacefully at home on April 25, 2020, surrounded by family.

Fred was born in St. Paul, MN, on December 3, 1932, to Elsie and Elmer Peterson. He  graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1950.

He was a member of the B Company Marines headquartered in Duluth and was called to active duty on August 21, 1950, during the Korean War. After his service to our country, Fred worked for the DM&IR Railroad as a clerk, switchman, brakeman, conductor and yardmaster from 1952 until he retired in 1986.

He was the secretary/treasurer and legislative representative of the UTU Lodge 475, Two Harbors, MN, and belonged to the Lake Avenue Loafers, the American Legion, the North Shore Racing Pigeon Association and the Reservoir Riders. Fred was a life member of DAV.

In Fred’s words, he married “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Yvonne (Vonnie) Marie (Hansen) on September 5, 1953.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Benjamin Peterson Merrill; brothers, Ralph, Curtis, James, Elroy and Edward; sisters, Verle and Doris; and several nephews.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vonnie; children, Pamela Sue (David) White of Grapeview, WA, Lynn Marie (Dane) Youngblom, Daniel Fredrick Peterson and Kristen Merle (Mark) Norrell, all of Duluth; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; plus one great-grandson arriving in a few weeks.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6, 4602 Grand Avenue, Duluth MN 55807. Thank you for your support.

Please share online condolences for the family at

Related Topics: OBITS