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Terry Richard Peterson

September 13, 1944 - September 20, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Terry Richard Peterson

Terry Richard Peterson

Born: September 13, 1944
Died: September 20, 2021
Age: 77

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Terry Richard Peterson, the son of Glenn and Dorothy “Lucille” (Pollack) Peterson, was born September 13, 1944 in Fort Sill, OK.  His childhood years were spent in Minneapolis, MN and then Jamestown, ND, until 1st grade when he moved to Fargo, where he received his education, graduating from Fargo High School.  He continued his education at Jamestown College, where he received his BS degree in Business Administration and later attended USD in Vermillion receiving his Master’s in Business Admin. and then attended graduate school in banking at the University of Wisconsin.  After college he returned to Omaha for 1 ½ years. 


Terry married Ruby Huston on March 6, 1970 in Spencer, IA.  After their marriage, they lived in Spencer & Ft. Dodge to take a council representative position with the Boy Scouts for 4 years.  He later worked for a recreational land management company for many years in Michigan and then Wisconsin.  His last years of work were spent at the First Bank of Grantsburg, until retiring and moving to Spencer in 2005.  Terry was a volunteer firefighter since 1980 and helped form a startup fire dept. for the township of Jackson in Wisconsin, was on the volunteer team in Grantsburg for 19 years including serving as fire chief for 3 years.  He was on the city council at Grantsburg, WI for more than 16 years.  Upon moving back to Spencer, he joined the Spencer Fire Dept. in 2007, was a member of the Daybreakers Kiwanis and enjoyed golf and woodworking after retiring.


Terry passed away at Longhouse Residence in Spencer on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the age of 77.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters: Colleen Peterson, Maureen “Mickey” Suddeth, and Kim Dee Peterson; and his in-laws; Millard & Winifred Huston, and James Huston.


He is survived by his wife, Ruby of Spencer; one son, Jeffrey (Rebecca) Peterson of Wyoming, MN; one daughter, Ann Peterson of River Falls, WI; grandchildren, Lydia & Lucas; four brothers: Tom of New Port Richey, FL, Jan (Alison) of Potomac, MD, Todd (Carol) of Miami Lakes, FL; and Tracy (Leanne) Peterson of Blaine, MN; in-laws Gene & Mary Huston of Spencer; Shirley & Verdean Bremer of Ida Grove; John & Marilynn Huston of Naples, FL; Carol & Carl Jensen of Everly; Linda & Kieth Bress of Spencer; many nieces & nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 P.M., Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
Pastor Tim Frasher


Paul Frederiksen
Jeff Peterson
Lucas Phillips
Kelly McCarty
Keith Bress
Jeff Huckfelt
John Conyn

Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Thursday, September 23rd with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday Evening at the GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN SPENCER.
"The Lord's Prayer"
"Thank you"
By Bill Lauritzen
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, October 18, 2021 at 3:43 PM
So sorry to learn about Terry’s passing. I always enjoyed our early morning runs when we both lived in the village of Grantsburg. He was also always a joy to work with when he was the fire chief and I was the DNR ranger. I have good memories of him and our prayers are with you in the days ahead as you grieve his loss.

Bob Hartshorn”
- Robert Hartshorn
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 4:43 PM
So sorry for you loss! Many good memories of working with you and Terry over 10 years. Your picture tribute was beautiful. I would like to send a memorial gift if you could email me your address. Take Care.
David Huff”
- David L Huff
Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:53 AM
“I will always remember Terry as a strong and dedicated Daybreaker Kiwanian. His leadership and support was unending. We will miss his quick smile and friendship. May your special memories carry you through this difficult time.”
- rick dean
Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:08 AM
“Ruby, Jeff, & Ann - I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. Uncle Terry was a wonderful man. I will always remember him with a smile on his face! I'm very sad that I couldn't make it up for the service today, so I am sending you my love virtually. Hugs from afar.”
- LeAnn Jensen
Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“Terry always made me feel welcome in Kiwanis. I will miss him greatly. Thinking of Ruby and Family during this time. ”
- Megan Roth
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:42 PM
“Ruby and family, I was so sorry to hear that Terry passed. Roger enjoyed working at the fair stand with both of you. He thought very highly of Terry and always talked about him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Sherrie Green
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 2:24 PM
“Sorry to hear about Terry's Passing. I have fond memories of our family visiting your home in Grantsburg and had always looked up to Terry, Ruby, Jeff and Ann growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are sorry that we are not able to be you all to remember and celebrate Terry's life.”
- John, Mandy & Kai Peterson
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“Dear Ruby and family,
We were sorry to learn of Terry's. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love and mercy, and may many, wonderful memories sustain in the days ahead. Tom and Mary Galik”
- Tom Galik
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“What an absolutely beautiful tribute to who I've recently learned was an amazing man! The world here is slightly dimmer without his light, but Heaven is surely brighter with it. Memory Eternal!”
- Kari Rogers
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“I will always remember Terry and our conversations, his smile and humor. We served for several years together on the city of Spencer Board of Adjustment. Over the years we would talk about our golfing and life in Fargo. We learned that Terry lived 5 houses from my grandmother's home in Fargo. May God be with Terry and family.”
- Mark Lykke
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 3:22 PM
“Ruby and family,
We were so very sorry to hear about Terry. Roger remembers lots of fun golf games with Terry.
We just wanted you to know we sure are thinking of you all.
❤️🙏 Roger and Jackie”
- Jackie Mann
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 2:02 PM
“Ruby and family, May the good Lord cover you with His blanket of comfort and love. Please know that you are in so many thoughts and prayers. ”
- Nancy Taylor
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 2:02 PM
“Ruby and family, sorry for your loss. Terry was a great friend, golf partner and omelet maker. He will b missed!”
- Kelly & Barb McCarty
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:29 AM
“Dear Ruby and Terry's Family,
So very sorry for your loss of Terry. Hold tight to your great memories. He fought a hard and courageous battle! May he rest in peace. ”
- Mark & Sue Hallett
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 6:33 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with Terry and his family. I really got to know him through Kiwanis Daybreakers and considered him a valued friend and support.”
- Richard Detrick
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 6:33 PM
“I am so sorry. Prayers to the family. I so enjoyed working with both of you at the fair.”
- Sandi Nielsen
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 4:10 PM
“My deepest sympathies to Terry’s family. I met this good friend through Kiwanis, and valued that friendship very highly. ”
- Paul Brenner
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 3:45 PM
“So sorry to hear of Terry's passing. My sympathy and prayers for his friends and family. ”
- Scott Conrad
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