David Eugene Pederson age 62 of Westbrook passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation is 4:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Westbrook Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Burial is in the Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
David Eugene Pederson, born January 29, 1952, was the son of Steffen Paul and Irene Sophie (Norem) Pederson. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. After graduating from Westbrook High School in 1970, he briefly attended Southwest State University, Marshall. He then drove a milk truck for a hauler based out of Wabasso, where he met and later married Peggy Risse, to which four children were blessed. He worked for his parents on the family farm northeast of Westbrook, and later moved his family west of Lowry and continued working for his parents. In 1975, he moved back to Westbrook and worked for Riddell Construction until 1981, when he started a construction business with his brother, Jim. He then continued work as a building contractor, with various partners throughout the years. On September 9, 2006, David married Beverly Breiland. Together they were active in church and had a great love for their grandchildren. At gatherings, Dave was at his best playing with the grandkids. A good listener, he made each feel important, investing time to get to know them over a board game, cards, or, most likely, imagination play or an impromptu song at the piano. David loved music, and was a member and vocalist of several rock & roll bands, starting in 1975, including Split Image, Rock & Roll Review, and The Mixx. A gifted musician, he was a self-taught guitar and keyboard player. His passion and remarkable talent for music was apparent to anyone who attended a show.
David is survived by his wife, Bev; his children: Jenny (Mark) Takle, Kristin (Troy) Appel, Nathan (Hannah) Pederson, Sarah (Joey) Morey, and Alicia Duffy; grandchildren: Madison, Makenna, and Nolan Takle, Kalea and Kiara Appel, Alana, Brynlee, and Kallyn Morey, Conor Brooks and Amee Drake; siblings: Ted (Phyllis) Pederson, John (Sharon) Pederson, Jim (Linda) Pederson, Linda (Michael) Johnson, Karen Karger, and Dan (Lori) Pederson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.