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Roger Ernest Peterson

May 3, 1940 ~ November 17, 2020 (age 80)


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Roger Ernest Peterson, age 80 of Cottage Grove, passed away unexpectedly on November 17, 2020.

Roger was active in the local government setting, serving as the Mayor of Cottage Grove for 16 years.  He was also a longtime political lobbyist for AMM (Association of Metropolitan Municipalities).  Roger was an active volunteer for South Washington County Cable Commission, Stone Soup, Youth Service Bureau, All Saints Lutheran Church, Lion's Club, Jaycees. Boy Scouts of America, Buick Club, Minnesota Street Rod Association and the Cottage Grove Strawberry Festival.  Roger’s hobbies and interests included antique automobiles, scale model autos, crossword puzzles, Sudoku and “gardening by checkbook.”

Roger is survived by his wife Myra; eight children Mark (Kala Tomjack) Peterson, Tracy (Mick) Johnson, Rick Peterson, Deb (Tim) Jahnke, Terry Lobeck, Eric (Nancy) Lobeck, Lynn (Allan) Harrelson, Chris Lobeck (Robyn Capistrant); 21 grandchildren, Nick, Theresa, Ben, Samuel, Claire, Lars (Regan), Kirsten, Zelphia (Noah), Aurora, Connor, Cole, Torarin, Thomas, Jon, Eric, Amanda, Curt, Ray, Trevor, Brad (Molly), Alyssa (Austin); four great-grandchildren Brooklynn, Nate, Mariah, and Christina and brother, Ron Peterson.  He is preceded in death by his parents; one child (Jon); sister-in-law Bev.

A Celebration of Roger’s Life will be held at a later date.


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