Ray Peterson, 78, of Butterfield died May 1, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health Care System in Mankato. A private family graveside service will be held at Butterfield City Cemetery at a later date. Sturm Funeral Home of St. James is handling the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www. sturmfh.com.
Raymond Monte Peterson was born Nov. 25, 1942, to Leslie “Pete” and Ida (Siegmann) Peterson in Comfrey. He was baptized and later confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Comfrey. Ray grew up on the family farm near Comfrey, then served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1964 and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. In 1965, Ray married Kathleen Karg in New Ulm. They lived in Butterfield where Ray worked as a truck driver. Over the years, he worked for UPS, Vince Schwieger Trucking, Butterfield Foods and Hager Trucking.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold; and in-laws, Edward and Verna Karg. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Peterson of Butterfield; a daughter, Kelly (Andy) Fermoyle, and son, Ross Peterson, all of Moline, Ill.; one granddaughter; and brother- and sister-in-law, Elaine and Howard Hilbert of Franklin.