Ivan Pederson


Ivan PedersonIvan Bruce Pederson age 89 of Westbrook passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer.  Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lamberton.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Westbrook Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.  Interment is in the Westbrook Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ivan was born May 20, 1929 at the farm home in Rosehill Township, Cottonwood County to Peder & Edith (Rasmusen) Pederson.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook.  Ivan attended rural schools through the 8th grade.  He graduated from Westbrook High School in 1947, and later graduated from the University of Minnesota- School of Agriculture in St. Paul in 1949.  Ivan devoted his life to farming with his father and brother Marvin from 1950-1952.  He enlisted in the US Navy and served four years from 1952-1956, spending three years in the Pacific as a member of Mobile Construction Battalion MCB5 during the Korean Conflict.  He was stationed in Oppama, Japan and at Subic Bay, Philippines.  Ivan received his Honorable Discharge in 1956, and returned to farming in Rosehill Township. On June 30, 1962, Ivan was united in marriage to Signe Hovde at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker, MN.  They have two sons, Nathan and Bruce; and continued to farm in Rosehill Township.  In 1993, Ivan went into partnership with his son Bruce in an expanded dairy called Thistle Dew Dairy.  Ivan and Signe semi-retired in 1994 and moved into Westbrook. Throughout his life, Ivan was devoted to his family, church and community.  He was active in 4H, County Dairy Association and Farm Bureau.  He served various positions in church including with the youth group, as a Sunday school teacher, usher, singing in the choir and Men’s Chorus, and on the church council.  Ivan enjoyed yard work and gardening, woodworking especially wood carving, and going out to the farm.  He loved spending time with his family, especially with the four grandchildren.

Ivan is survived by his wife Signe of 56 years; sons Nathan (Lorri) of Benson & Bruce (Jane) of Westbrook; grandchildren: Emily (Nathan) Ascheman, Gretchen Pederson, Andrew Pederson & Juliana Pederson; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Stanley (Margret), Ronald (Viola) and Marvin (Joann) Pederson.


  1. Marilyn Peschges says

    So sorry for your loss….it’s so hard to lose a parent….you have our sympathy, Mike and Marilyn Peschges

  2. Barbara Schuneman says

    Ivan had the most infectious smile. Merle & I enjoyed visiting with him & Signe when we visited Bruce & Jane. May God grant each of you His comfort and peace. No more suffering. He is at peace. May all the special memories warm your hearts. Barb Schuneman

  3. Eunice Christensen says

    Love and prayers to Signe, and all of your family. I know Ivan graduated in 1947 with my sister, Betty Lou Keller Rupp. I used to like to look at her yearbook, and admire all her classmates. Ivan was a kind man, who enriched the lives of all he knew. Sincerely, Eunice Christensen, Clive, IA

  4. Sylvesta Simelane says

    May God send the Holy Spirit to be your comforter, Signe. Only He can heal a broken heart. Sorry for your loss.

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