Ernest “Papa Ernie” A. Pederson, age 81, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at the Avantara nursing facility in Arlington, SD. Memorial services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown. Pastor Steve Biswell will officiate.
Visitation will take place prior to services at the chapel on Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Burial will take place at a later date in Appleton, MN. Honorary Urnbearer’s will be all of Ernie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ernie was born on February 9, 1939, in Appleton, MN, to Julius and Mary (Barr) Pederson. He entered the United States Army and was later honorably discharged. Ernie began working for Olin Flax Straw in Appleton, MN, and then transferred to Watertown, SD.
On November 25, 1978, Ernie married Pauline Strohfus in Watertown, SD. He continued to work for Olin, followed by Smith Equipment and retired from ITW in Watertown. In his earlier years, Ernie enjoyed hunting and fishing. Around Christmas time, Ernie could be found playing Santa Claus for his friends and family in the Watertown Area. Most of all, Ernie adored time with his family and grandchildren.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Pauline of Watertown, SD; his children: Kathy Miller of Watertown, SD, James (Cassie) Price and Michael (Donna) Price, all of Wichita, KS, and Lisa (Anthony) Villamor of Miami, FL; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Douglas Pederson; and his sisters, Inez Dehne and Diana Mueller.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Mary; two brothers, Richard and Murray; and one sister, Claudia Rode.
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