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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Kenneth Peterson

Kenneth W Peterson

Wednesday, August 10th, 1927 - Thursday, December 17th, 2020
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Kenneth W. Peterson of Wakonda, SD passed away at the age of 93 on Thursday, December 17th, 2020.
Kenneth was born on the family farm to Herbert R. and Inga (Anderson) Peterson on August 10th, 1927. He was the 4th of 6 children. He attended Wakonda Public School and graduated in 1945. He served in the army during the Korean Conflict.
On June 7th, 1955, Kenny was united in marriage to Ilene Young at St. Patrick’s Parish, Wakonda. They shared their life together in their home south of Wakonda were he farmed and raised livestock. Kenny began farming in 1952 until his retirement in 1992 when they moved to Harrisburg/Sioux Falls for 12 years before returning to Wakonda. He took great pride and spent many hours working on his yard and flowers. He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Parish and served on the church council. Kenny and Ilene were married 65 years and had 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
He was a veteran and a lifetime member of the American Legion and served two terms as commander of the Gingrich-Dixon Legion Post 13. He proudly served as a member of the Honor Guard for 67 years. Kenny was excited to be part of the 2018 Midwest Honor Flight to visit the Washington D.C. war memorials. His love of travel took him to all 50 states and 13+ foreign countries.
Blessed to have shared his life are his wife, Ilene, his daughters Joan (Mike) Miller, Irene and Jan (Bob) Abbott, Sioux Falls, his sons Chuck (Nadeen) Peterson, Wakonda and Todd (Kelly) Peterson, Harrisburg. He was proud “Papa” of his 13 grandchildren, Dean, Emily, Jana, James, Thomas, Mary, Evan, Nick, Andy, Chad, Kelsey, Alex, Landon and 16 great-grandchildren, Ella, Daniel, Gabriel, Johnna, Arbor, Veda, Nash, Taylor, Madlyn, Callie, Eva, Nathan, Natalie, Brody, Sawyer, and Lawson.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers Milo, Dale and Bernell, and 2 sisters Lucille Dwyer, and Darlene Sabag, nephews, Ronald Nelson and Tom Dwyer.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
  • Service

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    **Masks will be required**
    *Please practice social distancing*
    Fr. David Roehrich


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Pat little

Posted at 04:08pm
Oh, what memories we have of our year teaching school in wakonda and enjoying living in the little farm house we rented from You and Kenny. Not only were you our landlords but also became special friends and were so good to us.. Memories of the baby chicks we cared for, the big garden we raised, tilled by the big tractor (that made easy work out of it) jan’s big dog coming to visit Jumping the fence in one leap! Remember the puppy that the dog had entirely in his mouth at Jans grad party after it lapped up some spilled beverage? Love to all of the family... we were so blessed to know you all. And thanks for such a great home to live in while we were there....❤️Keith and Pat Little

Joseph Forcelle

Posted at 11:23am
What a good man and loving husband, dad, grandpa and great grandpa! God grant him eternal rest in his loving arms.

Gary M Stewart

Posted at 10:15pm
Kenny was a special person who was liked and enjoyed by all who knew him. He could be counted on to give help if help was needed. He was a hard worker and enjoyed everything he did. I think he most enjoyed family and friends. I’m sure Kenny’s soul will be near those he loved. Unseen, unheard, but always near.

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Marilyn Rohrer

Posted at 11:17am
Kenny was an honorable man who I knew to always have a smile. I met him through Chuck and Nadine, and his presents in the Wakonda community and especially American Legion. He met me with a smile and visited with ease as if we were lifelong friends. I'm so sorry for your families' loss. Kenny will be missed by all of us. With sympathy and prayers, Marilyn Rohrer. Special greetings to Chuck, Nadine and your beautiful family.

Ronnie Rice

Posted at 10:59pm
Don't know where to start to honor Kenny. I have no pictures of him during my many visits to SD. If I find any, I will post them. All I can say, he was a great gentleman, and a easy person to talk to. I so enjoyed listening to him tell of all his adventures during his life. My condolence goes out to the Whole Peterson Family. I considered Kenny a very good friend and he will be missed. Every Fall when Pheasant hunting season rolls around, I will always remember him. May God bless the Family during this time.

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