Maynard Lee Peterson was born January 16, 1921, in Adrian, Minnesota, to Elmer and Nettie (Skillicorn) Peterson. He was raised on the family farm, attended country school and graduate from Adrian High School in 1938. He attended business college in Mankato and in 1942 enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. Maynard married Margaret Howley on April 18, 1953, in Good Thunder. As a career military man, they made their home in communities and on bases throughout the world. Following his honorable discharge in 1969 they settled in Mankato where Maynard managed the Mankato State College book store. In 1976, they moved to Northfield where he managed the St. Olaf College book store until retiring in 1988.
Maynard was a member of the Church of St. Dominic, VFW, American Legion, and an longtime volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels. He enjoyed the outdoors, nature, fishing, camping, sports, animals and horseback riding. He was patriot, a loving husband, devoted father, and a man of integrity and dignity.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret; 5 children and the spouses: Janel & Terry Johannsen of Waseca, Karen and Charles Kilibarda of North East, Pennsylvania, Susan and Kurt Streets of Eagan, John Peterson and Tracy Anderson of Golden Valley, Tina and William Hadac of Prior Lake; 6 grandchildren: Jason, Shawn and Jennifer Johannsen, Chris (Brenda), Nick (Rebecca) and Andrew Kilibarda; 5 great-grandchildren: Sarah, Jada, Tyrese, John and Davis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Everett, and his sisters Myrtle, Alice, Pearl, Mildred, Gladys and Eileen.
Surrounded by the love of his family, Maynard passed away Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, at the Lodge on Natchez in Elko, Minnesota, at the age of 93.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00AM Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral and a lunch reception will follow. Interment with Military Honors will be 1:45PM, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Pallbearers will be Jason and Shawn Johannsen, Chris, Nick and Andrew Kilibarda, Kurt Streets and William Hadac.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com