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Gary A. Peterson

February 21, 1941 — July 29, 2023

Langdon, ND


Gary Allen Peterson, 82, of Langdon, ND, passed away July 29, 2023, in Saint Mary's Hospital, Rochester, MN, after a brief battle with cancer. 


Gary was born to Alvin and Idella (Brudahl) Peterson on February 21, 1941, in Langdon, ND. Gary grew up on a farm near Vang, ND, and graduated from Langdon High School in 1957. He attended NDSSS in Wahpeton, ND, after graduating high school.  He started his water well drilling business, Peterson Well Co., and continued to drill water wells across northeast ND for over 50 years. Gary started a hay grinding business in 1994 to keep himself busy during the winter months and continued that until retirement. Gary met many lifelong friends during these lengthy careers. 


Gary met Barbara Brown during his many trips to the First Bank in Langdon where she was employed. They were married December 27, 1964. The two made their home and raised their 3 children - Michelle, Scott and Kari - in Langdon, ND. 


Gary loved tinkering in his shop.  His many talents included woodworking - he could build anything. He loved trees and working outside in his yard - tilling trees & mowing. He rebuilt and restored several vintage Allis Chalmers tractors, which he was very proud of. He loved to get his hands dirty. Gary loved good old time music. He wasn't much for going into town for coffee with the guys, but if you came to his shop, he could spin a yarn for hours. He could visit and story-tell with anyone. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was full of wit. Gary loved all kinds of animals and loved his black cat, Boo. Gary loved watching sports. His favorite teams were the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. 


Gary is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bobby Peterson, sisters Doris Sperling and Marilyn Christianson, grandson Nicolai Lahren and son-in-law Daryl Lahren. 

He is survived by his wife; daughters Michelle Lahren and Kari Peterson; son Scott (Lori) Peterson; granddaughters: Brenna Lahren, Mara Lahren, Paige Peterson; and grandson Tate Peterson. 


A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2023, at United Methodist Church in Langdon, ND. Visitation will be from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery in Langdon.


In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Cavalier County Cancer Crusaders or the Arbor Day Foundation.

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Service Schedule

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

7:00 - 8:30 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

United Methodist Church

301 15th Ave., Langdon, ND 58249

Burial will follow the service at Lebanon Cemetery in Langdon.

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