Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mohall for Joseph Paul Pederson, 68, of Mohall, who died Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at his home. Burial will be at Mohall Community Cemetery, Mohall.
Joseph was born March 19, 1951, in Langdon, to Sidney and Margaret (Klemisch) Pederson. He attended St. Alphonsus School in Langdon and graduated from Border Central High School (Sarles/Calvin) in 1969. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served a tour in Viet Nam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. After the military, he returned to the Sarles area where he and Marilyn Oakland were married in 1973. They and their two children, Nathan and Noelle, lived in Sarles for 17 years. They farmed, and later, Joe was a school custodian with his own floor care service. He belonged to the Sarles American Legion and was commander for several years. He was also a member of the George T. Taylor American Legion Post #52, Mohall. In 1992, the Pedersons moved to Mohall. He worked for the John Cook Farms. During his vacation time, he would travel to Kansas to custom harvest (and pheasant hunt) with his friend, Ken “Butch” Jones. This was a 40+-year tradition. Most recently, he worked as a truck driver for CHS. Keeping the company’s white Peterbilt polished up at all times was his hobby. In 2016, his pride and joy, Benjamin Tobias Pederson, was born. He became a grandpa, spending several weekends a month in Fargo with his little boy who called him “Pa.” They loved to wrestle and laugh and make T-Rex noises at each other. He was surprised to learn that he loved retirement. Everyone will remember him for his sense of humor: he had no filter and was applauded for that! He was also applauded for his work ethic which he applied to every job he ever held. The jokes and the hard work helped him cope with the stress of PTSD. Therefore, the family has designated all memorials to be donated to veterans’ organizations. Every Caribou Coffee shop across the state knew Joe Pederson. In walked this Marlboro Man with the hat, vest and boots. Then, he would order: “A white chocolate mocha latte, with whipped cream and sprinkles. And don’t put that bean on top.” That’s a combo no one forgot, and that pretty much sums up Joseph P. Pederson.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Marilyn Pederson; son Nathan (Lori) Pederson, West Fargo; daughter Noelle (John Loggins) Pederson, San Diego, Calif.; grandson Benjamin Pederson, West Fargo; sister Karen Ballweg, Fargo; brother Duane Pederson, Alaska.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brother Tony Pederson and sister Linda Pederson.
Brose Funeral Home of Mohall was in charge of arrangements.