Robert (Bob) Pederson, 89, of Apple Valley, passed away, December 26, 2019, at the U of MN Medical Center, Twin Cities.
A visitation will be held Fri., February 28, 2020 be-ginning at 5:30 p.m. with a time of sharing at 7:00 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy, Edina Chapel, Edina.
Robert Pederson was born October 11, 1930 to John and Ellen (Larson) Pederson in Thomastown Township, Wadena County, Minnesota. Robert attended country school, District 9 and graduated from Verndale High School. He worked on the family farm until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force serving four years. He was stationed in France for 35 months during the Korean War, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Staples. Bob married Elvina (Ellie) Elless of Staples on May 31, 1958 at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. He worked at the Staples Post Office for 33 years, first as a Clerk, then Assistant Postmaster and served as the Postmaster for 19 years. He retired in 1989 and they moved to Apple Valley in 1993. He was a member of Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville; a former mem-ber of both the Thomas-town Covenant Church and Staples Christian Mission-ary Alliance Church.
Bob is survived by two daughters, Joy (Brian) Ellsworth of Lakeville and Vicki (Ross) Wunder of Prior Lake; four grand-sons, Zakkari (Lisa) and Dominik Wunder; Tyler and Michael Ellsworth; one brother, Jim Pederson of Duluth; one sister, Betty (Ted) Radcliffe of Little Canada and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellie, of 60 years; three brothers, Donald, Charles and Lawrence; one sister, Doris and his parents.