Arlo was born Aug. 27, 1917 at home in southern Isanti County to Edward and Irene Peterson. Arlo attended school in St. Francis and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1935. He married Lucille J. Holst Aug. 20, 1938. They raised two children, Elroy and Diane. He was a longtime dairy and crop farmer.
Arlo served on the Anoka Rural Electric Association (REA), United Power, and Connexus Board of Directors for over 35 years. Arlo was a founder of Cambridge Memorial Center, and served on the Isanti Feed Mill Board, St. Francis Methodist Church Council, and St. Francis School Board. He was kind, fair and honest to all who knew him. Arlo was the foundation of a family that truly loved and respected him. He cared for Lucille in their home through the past several years as their health failed. He was proud to have lived in the same home for 93 years.
Arlo was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Irene Clayson Peterson and step-mother, Mary Sweigard Holst Peterson; son, Elroy Peterson; great-grandson, Matthew Palmer and sister, Veona Peterson Baver.
Arlo is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Lucille; daughter, Diane (Thomas) Beck of Waconia, Minn; daughter-in-law, Cora Clark Peterson (Elroy) of Isanti; 9 grandchildren, Phillip Peterson (Peggy) of Isanti, Cheryl Carpenter of Cambridge, Bonnie Hawn (Bill) of Cody, Wy., Vikki Green (Brian) of Livingston, Mont., Wendi Palmer (Larry) of Cambridge, Debbie Engblom (John) of Isanti, Dean Peterson (Jessie) of Isanti, Michael Beck (Melissa) of Minnetonka, Kristina Schwendinger (Mark) of Chanhassen; 20 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; one niece; several cousins and by other relatives and many friends.
A memorial service and celebration of Arlo’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, at St. Francis Methodist Church with Rev. Dianne Nelson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to St. Francis Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.