Arden D. Peterson, age 84, of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, March 31, 2021, at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

A memorial service was April 6 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rebecca Thomas officiating. Inurnment, with military honors, will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 7. A lane number will be provided and posted later.

Arden Dale Peterson was born May 30, 1936, in Rugby, North Dakota, to Aurin and Amanda (Aamodt) Peterson. He graduated from Rugby High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1957. Arden graduated from Minot State University in 1962 with a degree in accounting.  He was united in marriage to Annella Scheet July 2, 1960, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rugby. He worked as an accountant at Control Data until his retirement. Arden and Annella lived on Little Birch Lake for 27 years where Arden loved to spend time in the sun, pontooning and working on his beautiful flower gardens. The couple retired early and loved spending their winter months at South Padre Island. 

He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre and American Legion Post 67 in Sauk Centre. Arden ran many miles up and down Ash Street and the Lake Wobegon Trail in Sauk Centre. Arden was a tender-hearted man who enjoyed playing cards, especially 500; dice; flower gardening and was the go-to man for helping at the association. He loved spending time with his family and will be truly missed. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Annella Peterson of Sauk Centre; children Mark (Terri) Peterson of Nashville, Tennessee, Marshall (Diane) Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska, Marlo (Denise) Peterson of Prior Lake; and Eric (Heather) Peterson of Grey Eagle; five grandchildren, Zee, Savanna, Hannah, Grace and Ben; sister Janice (Roger) Blessum of Prior Lake; sisters-in-law, Judy Peterson of Fargo, North Dakota, and Priscilla Scheet of Beaverton, Oregon; brothers-in-law, Paul Tingstad of Golden Valley and Alcuin (Val) Scheet of Bismarck, North Dakota; and many loving relatives and friends. 

Arden was preceded in death by his parents; godson Timothy Tingstad; brothers Donald and Roger Peterson; sister Beverly Ann Tingstad; father and mother-in-law Nick and Barbara Scheet; and brother-in-law Ken Scheet.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church or St. Croix Hospice.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.