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Larry A. Peterson, 74 - September 10, 2015

Larry A. Peterson, 74, of Gothenburg passed away Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services were conducted at the Gothenburg United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Peterson was born Jan. 15, 1941, on a family farm in Lincoln County, northwest of Gothenburg, the son of Alton and Anna (Stevens) Peterson.
He attended the North Vroman District 9 School and graduated from Gothenburg High with the Class of 1958.
On Aug. 18, 1963, he married Carolyn France at the Gothenburg United Methodist Church. To this union, four children were born.
Peterson was a life-long farmer and rancher. He was proud to carry on the love of the land that was instilled in him from his grandfather and father, according to family members. In 1998, the Peterson family received the AKSARBEN Nebraska Pioneer Farm Family Award for 100 years of family ownership. He enjoyed seeing the farming legacy carried on to the next generations.
With his desire to instill a love of agriculture in youth, he helped organize the Tail Twisters 4-H Club in 1977. Throughout his life he continued to be a strong supporter of the 4-H and FFA programs.
Due to his farming business and background, he was an organizing member of the Quality Pork Coop. He saw the need to be involved with the Dawson County Spare Rib Club and the Dawson County Cattlemen’s organization. In 2013, he was an inductee into the Dawson County Cattlemen’s Hall of Fame.
Additionally, he was a 40-plus-year member of the Gothenburg Rural Fire Board and a 63-year member of the Gothenburg United Methodist Church where he served on various committees.
?Giving to others truly made him happy which is why he enjoyed sharing his garden produce of sweet corn, tomatoes and pumpkins, stated family members. He loved to deliver his special bag of goodies to homes around town at Christmas time in his red suit.
Peterson was preceded in death by: his parents, Alton and Anna Peterson; brothers-in-law—Don Hennek, Gerald Drullinger, Max France and Milford France.
Survivors include: his wife, Carolyn; two daughters—Stephanie (Vaughn) Ross and Crystal (Todd) Fangmeier; two sons—Page (Karen) Peterson and Paul (Shannon) Peterson; 10 grandchildren—Justin, Amber and Reagan Ross, Morgan, Colton and Alanna Fangmeier, Patrick and Evan Peterson, Savannah and Emma Peterson: five sisters—Virginia (Raymond) Rieker, Margy Hennek, Beverly Drullinger, Glenda (David) Walker and Karen (Ivan) Vrtiska; sister-in-law, Shirley (Roger) Aden; special friends, Dennis and Carol VanOverbeke; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Larry Peterson Memorial Ag Scholarship and the Gothenburg United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.