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Edsel Wayne Peterson
(October 8, 1927 - April 13, 2011)

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Edsel Wayne Peterson

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Edsel Wayne Peterson, Amery, WI, passed away April 13, 2011 at the Amery Hospital from heart-related health issues. He was born on October 8, 1927, at Sand Creek, WI, to Seph and Anna (Olsen) Peterson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Free Church at Sand Creek. Edsel graduated from the Menomonie High School and soon after joined the Army. After his stint in the Armed Services, he looked for a career in his area of interest. After trying specialized carpentry, then motor mechanics, he thought the idea of color television (that was becoming so popular) was the business to get into. Needless to say, being a "ham" he started his own PETE’S RADIO & TV in Colfax, WI. From the store in Colfax, he heard of a computer company starting up in Amery so he applied for a job and was on another adventure in his life. While with Fabri-Tek, Edsel traveled extensively in North and South America, the United Kingdom, and in Europe. Being an avid reader, his travels allowed him a lot of reading time while in airports, on planes, and in hotel rooms. He also would strike up conversations with natives wherever he was to see what they did and to learn their opinions of us Americans. He said these were some of the most gratifying times in his life , his own adventure and not just something read from a book. Ater Fabri-Tek left Amery, Edsel started a company-- P M A (Peripheral Maintenance Associates).--in the Boston area but wanted to be back in the Midwest. However, his two partners did not think there was anything here but cows and corn, so Edsel sold his share of the company to his partners and returned to Amery. There, he along with three other partners established Digital Maintenance Artistes Inc. (DMA). They built their own building after renting for several years and employed many very talented people. Edsel retired from DMA, and then another adventure began. Music had always been an important part of his life, and he never stopped learning new songs or how to play a different style. It has often been said that 'if it had strings' Edsel could play it. That was funny because his first musical instrument was the French horn, which he learned in grade school; then a few years later he began playing the accordion (self-taught). With retirement came lots of music all over the U.S., and he participated in jam sessions from California to New Mexico to Florida and Canada, and any other place he traveled where he could see and hear something he MIGHT like. For several years, he had weekly music jams at his home, and they called themselves"The Thursdays".This group played for many functions in the area, until group members began moving away and death also took a few. Edsel was still doing his daily crossword puzzles and had two books he was reading at the time of his death. He always said, "Remember, keep your mind busy '! Edsel is survived by his wife Marilyn (Maggie), daughter Dorothy Abrahamson of Stanley; sons Ted of Cumberland (& special friend Pearl of Cameron) and John (Connie) of Chattanooga, TN; step-daughter Michelle Rydberg & her husband Clay Jeske of Prairie Farm; four grandsons; four granddaughters; one step-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; sister Wanda (Don) West of Bloomington, MN; sisters-in-law Vivian Peterson of Chetek, Joan Peterson of Ridgeland, and Lorraine Savage of Wisconsin Dells; brother-in-law Maurice (Louise) Sockness sr. of New Buffalo, MI, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Daniel Edsel; brothers Orville, Alwood, Russell, Walter, and Jonas; sisters Doris Gilles, Adeline Christopherson, and infants Clara and Beatrice; and son-in-law Michael Abrahamson. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED. Please join the family of Edsel on Saturday, May 21st at the Sand Creek senior Center from 1 to 4 pm to remember and honor our friend.

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