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Wayne M. "Pete" Peterson, 67

Wayne M. "Pete" Peterson, age 67, of Ellsworth, passed away Thursday, April 10, at his home with his family by his side.

Pete was a graduate of Ellsworth High School. In 1966, he married Barbara Soden , she passed away in 1985. In 1986, he married Rita Maier, and she passed away in 2009. On March 3, 2013, he married Debra Kay (Christiansen) Wodarczyk in Ellsworth.

Pete worked as a mechanic for Kings Cove, Hastings, for 18 years, and for Randy Iten Chev, Hudson, for 18 years. Pete retired in 2013, from Konrad Marine, Hudson, after nine years of service.

In Pete's spare time he enjoyed building derby cars with his family, camping, traveling and following NASCAR.

Pete was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth.

He is survived by his wife, Deb Peterson; four sons: Michael (Anita), Robert (Lovie), Victor (Jamie), and Thomas (Kendall); step-children: Anne and Wade Wodarczy; seven grandchildren: Marcus, Nic (Kena), Stacie, Max, Matthew, Logan and Kaitlyn; brothers: James "Jim" (Leona) Peterson, Jerome "Joe" (Lola) Peterson, Ed (Kathy) Peterson and Michael (Marcia) Penny; and sister Rosemary (Todd) Christiansen; and special companion Zoey, his pet Shih Tzu. Pete is further survived by many nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara; second wife, Rita; parents; sister, Irene; and brother, John.

A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ellsworth. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Friends and family were invited to call at the Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and at the church for one hour prior to the Mass on Monday.

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Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ellsworth, is assisting the family with arrangements.