Peter Achermann was born on May 21, 1927, to Heinrich and Berta Achermann in Neuhausen am/Rheinfall, Switzerland. Peter was baptized, confirmed and served as an alter boy at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Neuhausen, Switzerland.
Peter was a faithful member of St. Michaels Catholic Church, Motley, where there will be a Christian funeral on August 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Gabriel Walz. A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at the Achermann farm following the service.
Peter immigrated to the United States of America in 1949. He worked a succession of jobs as a hired hand in the commercial farming industry. Peter purchased and worked on a farm in Bell River and Millerville, Minnesota. On April 13, 1953, Peter married Delaine Voigt at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Bell River.
Peter and Delaine traveled across the United States six years as Peter worked on the oil pipeline. In 1960 they purchased the “farm” near Leader.
On July 24, 2009, Peter disappeared. After extensive searches by county and state authorities, family, friends, neighbors and the community, Peter was never found. Peter was declared deceased on July 24, 2013.
Peter is survived by the love of his life, Delaine; four sons, John, Franz and Jorg, all of Leader and Michael (Marsha) of Darby, Montana; four daughters, Vanessa (Gary) Aslagson of Elk River, Michelle DeJarlais of Leader, Desiree (Todd) Lancaster of Park Rapids and Renee Achermann of Bellingham Washington; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry of Mountain View, CA, many nieces, nephews and several foster children.
Peter is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Johannes, one sister, Verena (Vreni); two sons, Peter Andrew and Joseph Edward; one daughter, Denise Ann and one grandson, Dylan Johnson.
A reward of up to $20,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the disappearance of Peter, if the disappearance is the result of foul play.