Omar F. Petterson

February 3, 1928 - July 7, 2021

Visitation: A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Monday, July 12 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD followed by a private burial at Canton Lutheran Cemetery. 

Service: Private family service.

        Omar Franklin Petterson, age 93, passed away peacefully on July 7, 2021 at home.  Omar was born February 3, 1928 at the family farm near Klondike, Iowa to George and Christine (Monrad) Petterson.

        Omar graduated from Canton High School and enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Korean War.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during service.  After his Honorable Discharge from the Army he returned home to jump fully into his passion for farming.  Omar married Donna Olson on January 15, 1956, in Luverne, Minnesota.  This past January they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  Omar’s other passions were woodworking, being a long-standing member of The Granite Thresherman’s Association, and his family.  In September of 2019 Omar was able to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Omar and Donna had four children.  Jeffrey, of Jasper, MN, Mike (Kristy) of Harrisburg, Nancy Vande Weerd (Tim Mulloy) of Sioux Falls and Eric (Tonia) of Waukee, Iowa.  Omar is survived by six grandchildren, six step grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren.  Omar was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and daughter-in-law, Nancy Petterson.

A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Monday, July 12 at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton, SD followed by a private burial at Canton Lutheran Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Granite Threshermen’s Association or the SD Honor Flight.

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  1. Linda McCoid on July 8, 2021 said:

    My deepest condolences to you all love prayers & hugs

  2. Tami Rikansrud on July 8, 2021 said:

    Petterson family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you.

  3. I Naomi Wilson on July 9, 2021 said:

    I was so sad to read about Omar’s death in the paper today! I have been trying to get your cell phone for the past month. I’m wheelchair bond now so sadly I won’t be able to come for the visitation. I would love to visit with you sometime. May God’s love and peace with you in this sad time!

  4. Larry & Minded Johnson on July 10, 2021 said:

    Mike,Kristy & family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

  5. Dee Korthals on July 11, 2021 said:

    Eric, so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. You wrote a lovely tribute on Facebook.

  6. Brent and Kari Osborne on July 11, 2021 said:

    Our prayers are with you and your family, Eric! What a special dad and grandpa he was. Hugs to you all.

  7. Cherrice Tokheim Ehrich on July 11, 2021 said:

    Donna and family you have my condolences. I am sorry I will not be able to be there on Monday to share your grief. I pray you fell the comfort of Jesus arms around all of you as you go through memories of Omar life. Your cousin Cherrice

  8. Gloria Stroud on August 31, 2021 said:

    I just read where Omar had passed, I know you don’t know me but I knew Omar when I was a living on our farm, I am the daughter of Oscar and Verda Knutson. I remember visiting Omar at the hospital in Denver many years ago, he was a great friend to my parents and I still remember him visiting my folks for coffee on our farm, my deepest condolences to your family.