Rodney “Butch” Peterson

Rodney Peterson, “Butch”, 76 of Augusta, passed away Thursday afternoon October 12, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
Rodney Wayne Peterson, son of Palmer and Margaret (Flutekiger) Peterson was born Sept. 4, 1941 in Sparta.  He was raised with his 5 sisters in Sparta, where he attended school and graduated from Sparta High School in 1959.   
Rod served in the Army National Guard (Red Arrow Division) and was activated and deployed to Ft. Lewis WA during the Berlin Wall Crisis.  After his honorable discharge he returned to Wisconsin and was united in marriage to Judy Rud on June 27, 1964 at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Gilmanton. He was baptized and confirmed at Good Shepard. Rod and Judy raised their 3 children in the Gilmanton area where Rod farmed. He later worked as a mechanic for Fenske Ford in Osseo and then for Kuhn Implement in Granton.  He retired from Menard’s in 2006.    After retirement, he enjoyed assisted the Amish with their transportation needs.
In 1982 he married Lois Balliett at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Augusta.Lois and Rod lived all their married life in Augusta. 
Rodney always enjoyed fixing things and attending auctions.  He loved being outdoors, whether it was fishing, hunting, playing softball or pitching horseshoes.  He also enjoyed bowling and watching the Packers, the Brewers and NASCAR. 
Rod will be dearly missed by his wife Lois of Augusta; 3 children, Wade and Michelle Peterson of Baraboo, Dawn and Todd Quarne of Blair, Troy Peterson of Osseo; 2 step children, Pamela and Robert Pennone of Satellite Beach, FL, Anthony “Tony” and Patty Olson of Cheyenne, WY; 4 grandchildren, Adam Peterson, Gabrielle Peterson, Monte (Brianna) Amundson, Ty Lunde; 5 step grandchildren, Stacy (Justin) Kubitsky, Curtis Olson, Matthew (Calais) Laganosky, Ryan (Mikayla) Quarne, Nate Quarne (Byrnna Stuhr); 1 great grandson, Owen Steven Amundson; 3 sisters, Beverly Austin of Leon, Evonne Busse of Ettrick, Bonnie Ziegler of Sparta; sister-in-law, Louise and Ron Honadel of Augusta; several nieces, nephews and their families.  Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Palmer and Margaret; 2 sisters, Lorraine Zillmer and Marlene O’Neil; son-in-law, Steven Amundson; and brothers-in-law, Carl Austin, Preston Busse, Stanley Zillmer, Fritz O’Neil and Vernon Ziegler; and also by several nephews.
A visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Augusta.  Memorial services were held Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Gary Sahs officiating.  Burial will be at a later date in the West Lawn Cemetery in Augusta.  The family is assisted by the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta. 
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