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Allen Andrew Peterson

Allen Andrew Peterson

Allen Andrew Peterson, 88, of Cloquet, died peacefully with his three children by his side on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at New Perspective Senior Living.

He was born April 18, 1929 in Cloquet, the son of Carl and Nancy Peterson. Allen graduated from Barnum High School in 1947 and the University of Minnesota Duluth in Social Work. On May 17, 1952 Allen and Margaret Ann Borgen were united in marriage. He served as a Corporal in the US Army from 1952-1954.

He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church of Duluth for over 40 years and was very involved as a deacon, usher, Sunday school teacher, leader of boys and girls clubs, and the choir. He also was involved in Prison Fellowship Ministry for over 10 years.

Al touched so many people during his life with his tremendous love for people, and his helpfulness and generosity. He was well respected and an important influence in many lives. He was known for his integrity, positive attitude, warm smile, and humor. His strong faith in God and love of people was demonstrated in his every day actions. He was strong of hand and soft of heart.

He loved music and even when he was no longer able to sing, his foot would be tapping. He loved sports and played fast pitch softball, basketball, horseshoes, boxing, and football. He loved hunting and especially enjoyed the camaraderie and spending time in the woods. He also loved watching his grandkids and great grandkids in all of their activities. He had a tremendous love of learning, a passion for reading, history, geography, and learning new words.

Allen was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Margaret; his son Gerald; his grandson, Carl; his brothers, Chester, Wilbur, and Ervin; and many other friends and family.

He is survived by his children, Joan Peterson of Mahtowa, Warren (Suzy) Peterson of Carlton, Wendy (Doug) Fetters of Mahtowa; 15 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; brothers, Roy of Mahtowa, Lawrence (Mary) of Rockford, IL, and Rodney (Esther) of Cloquet; numerous nieces and nephews; many friends, and numerous caregivers who will miss him dearly.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at New Perspective Senior Living Facility.

Visitation: 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service Monday, July 17, 2017 in Atkins-Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. Lunch and fellowship will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Mount Salem Cemetery in Mahtowa. To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute see,