Ralph Gordon Petersen

Ralph Gordon Petersen age 87, of Springfield, died on January 3, 2021, at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN due to complications from a fall. 

Service was held at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Springfield, on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour before the funeral at the church.  

The clergy was Father Garrett Ahlers. Interment was at the St. Raphael Catholic Cemetery in Springfield. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com

Ralph "Hacky" Petersen was born on the family farm in rural Springfield to Raymond E. and Grace Petersen on September 10, 1933. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1952. Ralph married Edna Portner on November 26, 1957 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm, MN. 

Ralph worked on the family farm all his life. Ralph and Edna were Charter members of Morgan's Levi's and Lace Square Dancing Club for 40 years. He also enjoyed working the fields, riding the gator, looking at the crops, going to auctions, antique tractor pulls and collecting old tractors. Ralph loved to socialize and was often talking with friends and telling jokes.  

Ralph is survived by his wife, Edna Petersen; children, Dan (Corrine) Petersen, Tim (Kahla) Petersen, Mary (Terry) Root; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and sister, MaryLou Carlson. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley (Harold) Bloemke.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, Minnesota.

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