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Orfield E. Pederson

Orfield E. Pederson, 90, Lake Park, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park.

Orfield "Orrie" Eliot Pederson was born Feb. 19, 1918, to Christian and Bergeta (Nielson) in Audubon. He grew up in rural Audubon and attended country school at Audubon No. 121. Orfield farmed for a few years in the Audubon Township, and in 1952, he moved to Auburn, Wash. He took a job working for Pacific Car and Foundry in Renton, Wash., where he was a dedicated employee for 27 years. On Aug. 15, 1958, he married Vera Blaker in Auburn. Orfield retired from Pacific Car and Foundry in 1980. Orrie and Vera moved back to Lake Park in June of 1983 and began to raise thoroughbred and draft horses.

Orrie loved to hunt and fish. While living in Auburn he often fished for salmon in the Pacific Ocean. He also enjoyed spending time ice fishing around the Lake Park and Audubon area. Orrie volunteered his time for many years at the Minnesota Steam Thrashers Reunion in Rollag. He enjoyed sharing his love for horses and his knowledge of farm machinery.

Orfield is survived by his wife, Vera, Lake Park; three sisters, Doris Fisher, Auburn, Mabel Peterson, Moorhead, and Solveig Bodin, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Winford, and three sisters, Ethel, Margaret and Alice.

No service will be held.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.