Kenneth Peterson

Obituary of Kenneth Merlyn Peterson


Kenneth Merlyn Peterson, age 90, of Roseville MN, passed away March 4, 2023.  A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 1:00pm at First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St, St. Paul, MN 55106 for both him and his wife, Marge, of 63 years. The service will be live-streamed for those not able to attend. A dessert reception to follow the service.  Private Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the church.

Kenneth (Ken), was born in Red Wing, Minnesota on September 1, 1932, the son of Alfred Peterson and Anna Olson Peterson. He graduated from Red Wing High School in 1951. He joined the Air Force and was stationed in Alaska. He attended North Park College in Chicago, Illinois where he received an Education degree. It was at North Park where he met the love of his life, Marge. They were married on June 6, 1959, and had two children, Susan and Alan. 

Ken taught Art at Mounds Park Junior High and Art/Social Studies at Hazel Park Junior High for 30 years. In his earlier years, Ken enjoyed painting and creating pottery that were displayed in the family home.  For many years at First Covenant church, Ken and Marge provided leadership for the Wednesday Morning Bible Study at their beloved church, caring for both the spiritual and social needs of the group. On Sunday mornings they made sure long time members and first time visitors were welcomed through their ministry overseeing the Welcome Center.

They shared a love for traveling in their early retirement years. They had some wonderful trips with their friends. One of his biggest joys in life was being a grandfather to his two grandsons. 

Ken was survived by his two children; Susan (David) Pederson and Alan Peterson; and two grandsons: Bjorn Pederson and Anders (Mary) Pederson.

Preceded in death by his wife, Marge, his parents, and his brothers; Bernard Peterson and John Peterson.



Memorial service

1:00 pm
Saturday, April 29, 2023
First Covenant Church
1280 Arcade St.
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
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