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Gary Raymond Peterson, age 83, of Clear Lake, WI, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, at his daughter’s home in Turtle Lake, WI after his battle with cancer.

Gary was born on April 27, 1938, to Frank and Mildred (Ritzaur) Peterson. He was born the 3rd of five children to the Peterson family. Gary was raised in the Turtle Lake, WI area and graduated from Turtle Lake High School in 1956.  After graduating, he joined the U.S. Army, which he was a part of for two years. On July 30th, 1966, Gary  married Sally A. Morfitt at the Zion Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake. Together they raised their four children – Ranae, Tracy, Daniel and Bradley, in the Amery/Clayton, WI area. They made their last home as a family in rural Clear Lake, WI in 1978 where they lived together until 2021.  Gary held a various jobs, farming being his favorite, and he finished out his working career with Doboy Industries in New Richmond, WI as a painter for 28 years until retiring in 2000.  He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, WI and    enjoyed the fellowship of many members, inside and outside of church.  Gary enjoyed everything family and loved spending time with them. His grandchildren/great-grandchildren were his pride and joy! His passion was in horses and he had many of them throughout his lifetime.  He relished in giving his family wagon rides and sleigh rides with them. Other interests were camping, canoeing, and visiting with everyone and anyone that he would meet. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Preceded in death by his wife, Sally; parents Frank & Mildred Peterson; brother Darrell Peterson and sister Jane Hegeman.

Survived by his children, Ranae (Michael) Dix, Tracy Peterson, Daniel (Becky) Peterson, Bradley (Amy) Peterson; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister Gayle Hughes; brother Don (Wray) Peterson; sister-in-law Helen Peterson; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Memorial  Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the First Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, WI.

Visitation will be  from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday,  March 25, 2022 at  the First Lutheran Church and an hour before the service on Saturday.

Pastor Bryan Anderson officiant. Music provided by Brian Wick.

Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery  in Turtle Lake,  WI.

Scheuermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling the arrangements.

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