In Passing: Tim Peterson



Tim Peterson, 64, of Two Harbors, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 19, with his wife in his arms and surrounded by his children at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.

Tim was born Nov. 15, 1948, to Marilyn and William Peterson in Two Harbors. He was the oldest of six children.

Tim graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1966. He attended college at University of Minnesota- Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Scholastica.

Tim was drafted to the Army during the Vietnam War, serving his country in Germany. He lived in Minneapolis and worked for Norman Jensen and Eide Saw. He later moved to Cherry, Minn., and worked for Continental Sales and Equipment in Hibbing. Tim retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Two Harbors as a wetlands project manager in 2010.

Tim was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, and canoeing. He took much pleasure in his hunting shack, and tapped maple trees to make his own syrup. He loved participating in rendezvous throughout Minnesota, particularly the Grand Portage Rendezvous.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his son Christopher.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Bonnie; his children Jeremy, Jodi, Molly, and Meagen; sisters Diane, Lorrie, Louise, Jean, and Julie; and numerous extended family.


Tim was my wife’s cousin and was very passionate about all outdoor activities. While not successful he drew a tag for last years first Minnesota wolf trapping season. Many a night he would call and we’d talk about what we thought would work or not. Tim always said he thought he was born 150 years to late, he loved dressing in his mountain man attire and going on marathon canoe trips. Twice Tim and his partner completed the 38 mile Grand Portage, retracing the exact route of the French voyagers. They did this with all fur trade era equipment. No nylon tents, gortex rain gear, or kevlar canoes. Tim would always say “and I did it in moccasins.” You will be missed by many my friend and I’ll be looking forward to seeing you in the next life and maybe just maybe we can do the Grand Portage together.

— Submitted by Bert Highland

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