Mickey Ray Pederson was born Nov. 28, 1942 in Milbank, S.D. to Lloyd and May (Hanson) Pederson. He was raised and attended school in South Dakota. Mickey then served his country in the US Marine Corp. He then attended the University of Minnesota. On June 6, 1964 Mickey married Sara Jensen at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Mickey taught at St. Francis schools for 31 years and they lived in Isanti since 1978. He loved his adventures on the Rum River, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sara; children, Jonathan (Diana), Christopher, and Melody (Christos Polyzois); informally adopted son, Michael (Andrea) McCormick; grandchildren, Ethan and Carissa Pederson, and Alkis Polyzois; brother, William (Meg), sister, Betty (John); and other relatives and friends. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Robert, and one sister and one brother.
Memorial services were held Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Oxlip Evangelical Free Church in rural Isanti with Pastor Lee Scheumann officiating. Nadette Waligora served as organist. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.