Harvey L Pederson, 91, of Dell Rapids passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Dells Area Health Center. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the United Methodist Church, Dell Rapids with Rev. Gwen Mader. Interment will be in the Dell Rapids Cemetery. The Dell Rapids American Legion Post will provide Military Rites. Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday and the family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. To leave condolences please visit www.kahlerfh.com.
Harvey Pederson was born on October 29, 1921 in Clark, SD, the son of Carl and Minnie (Thies) Pederson. He moved to Dell Rapids in 1929 with his family and graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1941. After graduation, he worked at his parents Pump and Windmill repair business until 1942. Harvey moved to Sioux Falls with his mother and worked at the Civil Service on the Army Base. He entered the Navy in 1943 during WW II and was discharged honorably in 1946. He was united in marriage on August 25, 1946 with Evelyn C. Olson in Dell Rapids. Harvey was self employed at his Pump and Windmill Repair business until 1960 when natural gas came to Dell Rapids and he was offered the service representative job. He retired from MinnegasCo in 1982. He was the handyman and parts runner at Dearduff Chevrolet for many years.
Harvey was a member of the Dell Rapids United Methodist Church, Dakota Conference Builders Club, and has served on the board of Laity. He was an active member of the Dakota Territories Model A Club and the Tri-State Camper Club. He was a volunteer fireman for 33 years and an active member of the Dell Rapids Lions Club. He was a life member of the I.O.O.F. and a Past Grand Master of the SD Grand Lodge. He was a member of the Dell Rapids American Legion Post and the Dell Rapids Museum.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Pederson of Dell Rapids; his sons, Gary (Kay) Pederson of Chester and Grant Pederson of Lake Madison; his grandchildren, Nathan (Katy) Pederson of Peters Creek, AK, Stacey (Scott) Kolstad of Palmer, AK, Libby Pederson of Anchorage, AK, Courtney (Chad) Lyle of Billings, MT, Collin (Alison) Pederson of Saginaw, TX and Austin (Sarah) Pederson of Tacoma, WA; his four great grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; his brother, Elwood Pederson of Gaylord, MN; and many nieces and nephews.