Edward Hans Petersen

February 27, 1939 ~ October 14, 2019 (age 80)


Edward (Ed) Hans Petersen was born on February 27, 1939 in Lamberton, MN, to Christian and Sophie (Johnson) Petersen and passed away on October 13th. He was baptized and confirmed at Sharon Lutheran Church and graduated from Lamberton High School in 1958.

Ed began his architectural and real estate development career while he was still in high school. Throughout the course of his career, he established a number of private business enterprises, responsible for development projects in 17 states. The most significant project was being involved with “Big Sky of Montana” and the late Chet Huntley with his 12,000 AC development.

Ed graduated from Mankato State University with advanced education in Urban Planning and Design. He also taught courses on construction management and architectural design and was very active in many community and civic organizations.

One of his great passions was the world of aviation. Ed maintained a pilot license for 50 years with multiple ratings including commercial, instrument, multi-engine, seaplane, jet and helicopter. He was a 7-year Vietnam veteran, with an honorable discharge.

Ed is survived by three daughters, Kara (Todd) Ellinger of Plymouth, MN, Melanie (Keith) Fisher of Atlanta, GA, Melissa (John) Sheridan of Edina, MN; grandchildren Hunter Ellinger, Wyatt Ellinger, Abby Fisher, Emma Sheridan and Claudia Sheridan, sister Donna Hage along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Ulenhopp and five brothers Elgin, Harold, Robert, Harlan and Larry. 

A private family service will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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