NEW ULM - Dwight Pettersen, 65, of New Ulm, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at his home.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Thursday, December 6, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Wayne A. Laitinen officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm with full military honors conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30-8:00 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of the service at the church on Thursday.
To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for his family go to www.mvfh.org.
Dwight is survived by his wife, Kathy Pettersen of New Ulm; mother, Alene Pettersen of Lake Crystal; sons and daughters-in-law, Justin and Jamie Pettersen of New Ulm; Jared and Jessica Pettersen of New Ulm; grandchildren, Jayden and Jocelyn; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Steve Helder of Lake Crystal; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Steve Strassburg of Howard Grove, Wisconsin, Kris and Randy Zimmer of Milaca, Tammy and Darryl Harris of Fairmont, Patty and Brian Kelm of Sauk Rapids; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Steve and Cindy Blackstad of Faribault, David and Elizabeth Blackstad of New Ulm, and Jon and Amy Blackstad of Austin.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willard Pettersen; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Melva Blackstad.
Dwight Charles Pettersen was born August 18, 1947 in Lake Crystal to Willard and Alene (Moon) Pettersen. He attended Lake Crystal High School and graduated with the class of 1965. After high school, Dwight served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1968, stationed in Germany. After his service, he returned to Lake Crystal. On May 5, 1973 Dwight was united in marriage to Kathy Blackstad at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. They lived in New Ulm where Dwight worked at Kraft Foods for 42 years before his retirement in November of 2007. He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Trustees. He also belonged to the NRA. Dwight enjoyed riding his Harley and going on trips. He was always eager for fall to go bear and deer hunting up north with his brother-in-law, Dave, and friends. He looked forward to going to Leech Lake every year with his family. Dwight was an avid gun collector and also collected knives. He liked shooting. Dwight loved being outdoors all the time and always made sure his bird feeders were full. He enjoyed bird watching with his granddaughters. Dwight was very interested in history and also enjoyed working with his hands.
Dwight lived for his family. He was so proud of his sons and daughters-in-law. He knew his boys would always be there for him when needed, and his granddaughters brought him so much joy and happiness. Dwight felt very blessed with his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund and the American Cancer Society.