In Memory of Edward L. Peterson


9:30 am
Wednesday May 12, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

11:30 am
Wednesday May 12, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Burial with Military Honors

Wednesday May 12, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
South Piety St.
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Edward ​​“Ed” Leo Peterson, age 73 of Ellsworth, WI, died on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the River Falls Area Hospital. Ed was born May 3, 1948, the son of Leo and Rose (Fox) Penny. Ed was raised in both Hudson and River Falls, where he attended St. Bridget’s School and Hudson High School. Following high school, Ed worked at National Heater before being drafted into the United States Army. On February 7, 1970, Ed was united in marriage to Kathleen Granheim. Their union in marriage was blessed with two sons, three grandchildren, and over 51 years of love and devotion.

Ed worked most of his life behind the wheel of a semi-truck. He drove for Jacques Seed Co., Mycogen, P.I.G., and O’Neil 5 Star Trucking before retiring in 2015. Outside of work, Ed loved to go camping with family and friends. He also enjoyed spending winters in Mesa, Arizona with great friends that he and Kathy met along the way. Ed was always a sports fan, and loved to watch his Wisconsin sports teams and Nascar any time he could. Ed will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Ed is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathy; his sons, Doug Peterson, and Darrel Peterson; his grandchildren, Blake, Carter, and Weslyn; his siblings, Joe Peterson, Mike (Marsha) Penny, and Rosie (Todd) Christensen; mother-in-law, LaVonne “Polly” Granheim; sister-in-law, Ginny (Roger) Horstmann; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loyal dog, Tucker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rose (Leo) Penny; brothers, John Peterson, Jim Peterson, and Wayne “Pete” Peterson; and sister, Irene Peterson.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Ed Peterson will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the St Francis Catholic Church, 231 W. Woodworth Street in Ellsworth, WI, with Rev. Fr. David Olson officiating. Services will be livestreamed on the church YouTube channel at . Visitation will begin at 9:30am at the church. Burial will follow at St Francis Catholic Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Ellsworth American Legion Post 204. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. 715-273-4421

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  • Kathy and family,
    So very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I remember him as the tall man with the beautiful smile. Always had that smile and made a bad day turn into a good day. He will be missed.
    God bless you and the boys

  • Sending our deepest sympathy to Kathy and family. Ed was such a wonderful man and we enjoyed visiting with him. You are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

  • Kathy and Family,
    We grew up as a Jacques Seed family and Ed delivered many loads of seed to our Dad’s shed. Back in the day every bag was unloaded by hand. Ed would show up around 9:30am, unload the truck bag by bag, and eat lunch with our family. Ed was a great man and leaves alot of good memories. Our deepest sympathy.
    The Finkel Family

  • I am so sad to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a good man. He will be missed. He always liked to give me a hard time. But it was all in fun. Besides I did enjoy it. Rest in peace Ed.

  • Kathy and family, We are so sorry to hear about Ed’s death. He was always so pleasant and fun to visit with. He will be missed by so many. I am sure heaven is a better place with his presents there! Our Sympathy to you and the boys. God bless, love and prayers! . Bob and Julie Bauer

  • Kathy and boys,

    I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I will always see his little smile and the twinkle in his eye. He was a great man and will be missed by many. Sending hugs and prayers.

    Cheryl (Brickner) Odle

  • Our deepest sympathy to Kathy and family. The world lost a wonderful human being. Just a good person, and a true friend to many. Ed always had a smile and a word to make you smile. It was through Jacques Seed, that I got to know Ed and Kathy, some really great memories were made. He will be missed.

  • Good by dear friend. Say Hello to Bruce for me. You will be sadly missed by many but most of all by your family. Love, hugs and prayers to Kathy, Doug and Darrel.