In Memory of Brian Peterson

Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Monday November 26, 2018
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Gathering of family and Friends

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Monday November 26, 2018
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

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Brian Leslie Peterson, age 67 of Ellsworth, passed away unexpectedly on November 20, 2018 at his home. Brian was born April 20, 1951 in Red Wing, MN to Victor and Eleanor (Nelson) Peterson. He graduated from Ellsworth High School, the Class of 1969. Brian furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Brian proudly served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam. Brian was united in marriage to Ellen Weiler on July 23, 1977. Their marriage, although later dissolved, was blessed with a son, Anthony, and a daughter, Lindy. On September 27, 2014, Brian married Brenda Strom.

Brian loved cars, especially classic cars, and worked as an auto mechanic for Merit Chevrolet. He also had a great passion for flying and aviation, obtaining his private and commercial pilot’s license (VFR and IFR) and inspections license. He thoroughly enjoyed his job as an airframe and powerplant mechanic for Northwest Airlines, Red Wing Aeroplane Company, and most recently Blue Airways. He also found great interest in history through books and movies.

Brian is survived by his wife, Brenda Peterson; son, Anthony (Allison) Peterson; daughter, Lindy (Mike) Schulenberg; grandson, Dayton Peterson; mother, Eleanor Peterson; siblings: Glenn (Rose) Peterson, Gayle Richardson, Bruce (Loretta) Peterson, Joan Kasboski, Gerald (Holly) Peterson, and Karen (Terry) Dietzler; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Peterson.

A Memorial Service honoring Brian’s life will be held 2:00 pm Monday, November 26, 2018 at the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 130 North Grant St., Ellsworth, WI 54011. A gathering of Family and Friends will begin at 12:00 noon at the funeral home. A private interment with military rites honoring Brian’s service to his country will take place at Sabylund Lutheran Cemetery in Stockholm, WI. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of his family.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. (715) 273-4421  

Brian's Tribute Wall

Tributes (5):

  • Brenda and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold you in his arms and give you comfort at this very difficult time.

    Love, Judi

  • A special friend, colleague, fellow believer — oh so hard to see him gone so soon. Our prayers are with his family as they say goodbye. It’s hard for those left behind, but a time of celebration for Brian. Our hearts ache with you, looking to Jesus for comfort and perspective.

  • So very sorry about losing Brian. I can still picture him in high school, such a sweet, handsome , kind and friendly guy. Pray you will find comfort knowing how he cared and loved you. you were blessed to have him and I know you will miss him as many many will. God Bless and comfort you.

  • A kind heart, a unassuming presence, a knowledgeable man of all things mechanical, a God fearing man. Just last week at work (Blue Airways-Red Wing Airport) I asked Brian what he liked better, auto mechanics or aircraft mechanics. After Brian told his story of growing up with his brothers,
    Jumping their small Honda until the frame broke, racing his Honda 450 against his brother’s 440 Charger (he lost), his service to our country serving in the Navy, working at a GM dealership, his stint at teaching at a vocational school, working for Northwest Airlines, trucking in his Freightliner all across America and finally repairing airplanes at Red Wing Airport, he replied, “I love them both, I just like understanding how things work. Both are a challenge and interesting for me.” His presence at the airport will be missed and we wish peace and healing comfort to his family, brothers and loved ones. It was an honor to know him.

  • Brian was a good mechanic and worked on cars, trucks, and his airplane at the Red Wing Airport where I hangar my aircraft. Brian went with me to LaCrosse last year to help inspect a 1966 Ford Mustang which I then purchased. I shall miss visiting with him at local car shows and at the airport. Mark Weinreich