Erwin Rudolf Pederson Sunday, January 7, 1917 - Sunday, July 30, 2017
The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison, MN announces the death of 100 year old Erwin Pederson of Ortonville, Minnesota, formerly of Bellingham, Minnesota who passed away on July 30, 2017 at Fairway View Neighborhood Nursing Home, Ortonville, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. August 3, 2017 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Bellingham, Minnesota. Rev. David Tonn will officiate at the service. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday afternoon and evening in the Zahrbock Funeral Home Chapel and with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Zahrbock Chapel. Visitation will continue before the services at the church on Thursday. Erwin Rudolf Pederson was born on January 7, 1917, on a farm south of Marietta, MN, to parents Viggo and Frederikka (Christensen) Pederson. He was baptized at home. On November 1, 1931, he was confirmed at Louisburg Lutheran Church. During the Depression, at age 17, Erwin traveled to Idaho and Nebraska to work in the fields. Erwin later joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) where he worked near Ely, MN and Caledonia, MN. Subsequently, he owned the Standard Oil Station in Bellingham, as well as worked in the family business and farmed. On June 30, 1941, he married Pearl Redepenning at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nassau, MN. They had two daughters, GaVae and Glenda. In the early years of their marriage, Erwin owned and operated a school bus for the Bellingham School system. He and Pearl worked side-by-side farming until their retirement. After retiring, they moved to Bellingham and then to Fairway View in Ortonville, MN. Erwin was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bellingham for 75 years. He served as a church deacon, council member, cemetery board member and Luther League advisor. When Erwin wasn’t working, he enjoyed playing softball, bowling, hunting, fishing and especially pitching horseshoes. He also enjoyed dancing, singing, playing cards and playing harmonica. The highlight of birthdays was hearing him play the “Happy Birthday” song on his harmonica. What he loved most was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a quiet man with a great sense of humor. Erwin passed away peacefully at Fairway View Neighborhoods in Ortonville, MN on July 30, 2017. He reached the age of 100 years, 6 months and 23 days. Erwin is survived by his daughters, GaVae Pederson of Sartell, MN and Glenda Reiffenberger of Bellingham, MN; grandchildren Dean (Christine) Adelman of St. Cloud, MN, Jeffrey (Cherie) Adelman of Hastings, MN, Leah (Aaron) Holmgren of Sartell, MN and Ross (Kari) Reiffenberger of Sauk Centre, MN; great-grandchildren, Justin, Alec, Austin, Elizabeth, Lydia, Alexis, Eli, Ross Jr. (RJ) and Audra, as well as other relatives and friends. Erwin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 74 years, Pearl, his parents Viggo and Frederikka; brothers Oscar, Henry and Henry; sisters Luella and Viola and son-in-law Robert Reiffenberger. Blessed be his memory. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to local heart and cancer funds.