J. Sherman Peterson, age 86, of North Hudson, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul following complications of a stroke.
Sherm was born on Oct. 16, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of John S. and Helen (Turnquist) Peterson. He was raised in Hudson Township attending a country elementary school on County Road A prior to graduating from Hudson High School in the class of 1942. He enlisted in the armed forces where he proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. He served as a gunner’s mate ,receiving one star prior to his honorable discharge. In 1943, he married the former Maxine Shern at Zion Lutheran Church. This union would later end in divorce. He would be united in marriage to Minnie Ricci at her home in Hudson. Together they have made North Hudson their home.
As a young man, Sherm developed the skills of carpenter. He worked for his father at Peterson Builders, learning the trade of an excellent carpenter. They built many of the homes in the old Hudson residential area before he focused on custom cabinetry jobs. Following the death of his father, he built and refinished many structures before passing the torch to his comrade and son-in-heart, Randy St. Ores.
Sherm was a true outdoorsman. Fishing in the back toolies of Canada for walleye and northern, near the swing bridge on the St. Croix, or on the Brule or Willow Rivers for an elusive trout gave him the greatest pleasure. He also loved hunting both deer and fowl with his buddies. Spending time with them at Loon Creek outside of Danbury/Webster was just as important as getting a trophy buck. Furthermore, he enjoyed golfing and served as golf ranger for Kilkarney Golf Course.
Sherm will fondly be remembered by his wife, Minnie; children, Sherry (Bill) Burke of Hudson, Scott (Barb) Peterson of Hudson, Terry Peterson of Hudson; stepsons, Sam Ricci of Scottsdale, Ariz., Mike (Teresa) Ricci of North Hudson; seven grandchildren and their families; and his sister, Lucy (Perry) Larson of River Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Larry; and brother, Ray.
A time to gather and reflect on the life of J. Sherman Peterson will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Memorials preferred. Interment will be private.
Cremation services coordinated by Countryside Crematory of Baldwin with funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home. www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.