Jerry O. Pederson


May 27, 1945 - September 26, 2009





Jerry O. Pederson was born May 27, 1945, at Huron, SD, to Oswald and Leona (Schnabel) Pederson. He grew up northeast of Wessington Springs. He graduated from Wessington Springs High School in 1963, and received his business degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. On November 30, 1968, he married Sheila Beckman at Wessington Springs. For 30 years he was a seed corn district sales manager, retiring from Moews Seed Company. He had been a member of the South Dakota National Guard and for many years was an auctioneer, provided public speaking engagements and was a master of ceremonies. He was also a parking attendant at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, had served as president of the Exchange Club, and president of the Mitchell Quarterback Club. He was state director of the South Dakota Good Sam’s Camping Club, had served as president of the Corn Palace Sam’s Camping Club and was a member of the Palace Promenade Square Dancers Club.


He is survived by his wife, Sheila; two sons, Chad Pederson and wife, Heather of Spokane, WA, Ryan Pederson and wife, Tracy of Bay City MI; one sister, Sandy Grohs and husband, Wayne of Wessington Springs; his mother-in-law, LaVonne Beckman of Wessington Springs; two sisters-in-law, Julie Molumby and husband, Doug of Mitchell, Marilyn Etbauer and husband, Dennis of Kasson, MN and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his father in law, Alfred Beckman.


A Memorial Fund has been established.



Tuesday, September 29, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
310 North Rowley
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, September 30, 2009
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Darrel & Eileen Leischner on October 2, 2009
Sheila and family, so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He was such a card to around. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on October 1, 2009
Sheila, Chad & Ryan,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
Our Thoughts and Prayers
The Luckett's
Val, Dawn, Mace, Josh, & Vance
Posted by The Staff of Diamond Care Center on September 30, 2009
Sheila, Chad & Ryan,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by James & Trina Kropenske on September 28, 2009
Shelia, Trina and I send our condolences. We will always remember all the fun times we had living in Mitchell and the camping trips, fishing trips and fun we had in the Exchange Club activities.
May our Lord Jesus give you His peace and comfort.
Jim & Trina Kropenske, Bellevue NE
Posted by MOEWS Seed Company family on September 28, 2009
Sheila - We at MOEWS are very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and Chad and Ryan. Jerry was loved and enjoyed by all, and will be dearly missed.
Posted by Jenna Doorn (Daley) on September 28, 2009
Shelia - I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family as you go through this difficult time.
Posted by Rodney and Marilyn Shawd on September 28, 2009
Sheila We are sorry for your loss.We had so much fun being with you and Jerry on are seed corn trips and we enjoyed being in the seed corn business with Jerry. Are prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Gerry Kluch on September 28, 2009
Sheila - Please accept my condolences on the passing of Jerry. His sense of humor and his love of people will be sorely missed.
The time we worked together in the seed business was made easier working with Jerry... He will be missed.
Posted by Connie Reinesch on September 27, 2009
Sheila, Chad and Ryan, I am so sorry for your loss.
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