LUVERNE - Cecil V. Pedersen, 82, of LuVerne, passed away March 2, 2013 at the Humboldt Care Center South. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Humboldt. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the church. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil Viggo Pedersen, the son of Viggo and Margrethe (Ebsen) Pedersen, was born April 12, 1930 on a farm near Bradgate, Iowa. The family made their home in Humboldt County settling on a farm near Hardy. Following his graduation from Vernon Consolidated School in 1949, Cecil went to work as a carpenter for Keller and Sande Construction. He was united in marriage to Pearl Torkelson on October 15, 1950 at the Ullensvang Lutheran Church in Thor. In 1952, Cecil was drafted into the United States Army. He received his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas and spent 14 months in Korea including 103 days on the front lines during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge in the fall of 1953, he returned home and continued his carpentry work. In 1955, he and Pearl moved to a farm south east of Algona and started farming. In 1962, the family moved to their farm near LuVerne where, in 1976, they built their current home. Cecil became a resident of the Humboldt Care Center South in December of 2011.
Cecil was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Corwith where he served as an Elder, a member of the Zion Lutheran at LuVerne where he served on the board of trustees, and a current member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Humboldt. He was also a member of the Renwick American Legion and had served as an EMT for the LuVerne Ambulance. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and especially attending his grandchildren's school activities.
Cecil is survived by his wife, Pearl of LuVerne; his daughter, Teresa (Clyde) Madsen of Dakota City; sons, Randy (Ronda) Pedersen of Renwick, Bob (Sue) Pedersen of LuVerne, and Rick (Jodi) Pedersen of Humboldt; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, John (Gerry) Pederson of Humboldt and Kenny (Karen) Pedersen of Unionville, MO; and his sisters, Mary Weyer of Humboldt and Betty Swenson of Story City. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arnold Pedersen; and his brother-in-laws, Curtis Weyer and Melbourne Swenson.