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RAYMOND STEVEN PETERSEN (published on January 02, 2010)

RAYMOND STEVEN PETERSEN May 30, 1947 - December 23, 2009 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our dear husband, uncle, brother and papa Ray who passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife and family, in the early hours of December 23, 2009 at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg, MB. Ray is survived by his loving wife, soul mate and caregiver Alice who became a part of his life in the early 1990's for which we are eternally grateful. Ray and Alice married on January 21, 2001. Also surviving him are his two brothers, Dick (Dorene) and Ron (Darlene); several nephews and nieces, Grant (Krystal), Marnie (Nelson), Kelly (Cam), Debbie (Joel), Lori (Tim), Leanne (Rory). There are also many grandnieces and nephews who have enjoyed many a freezie or popsicle from Uncle Ray's freezer. Also surviving are his stepchildren, Leanne (Jason), Michelle (Chris), Lyndon (Debbie); six grandchildren, Hailey, Kara, Montanna, Brittany, Stephanie and Savanna along with many other family and friends. Ray was born in Lundar, MB where he spent most of his life. In his youth he excelled at sports, especially hockey. He was a gifted forward for the Lundar Falcons and also played for the Winnipeg Monarchs for a short time. He continued to have a lifelong interest in sports. Ray's greatest past times were updating his fish shack, ice fishing with his wife Alice, riding his four wheeler, snowmobiling and going for early morning walks. Ray loved connecting with nature. Ray and his wife enjoyed the solitude of the countryside, especially driving out to the lake and sitting around a bonfire and would sometimes include the company of his friend and brother-in-law Maurice and sister-in-law Judy which they thoroughly enjoyed. Ray's working life consisted of a number of different ventures. He was a contractor, a mink rancher, insurance broker and most recently a school bus driver in which he touched the lives of many children. Ray always had a special treat for each of the children and will be missed dearly by them all. Ray loved a good laugh and playing practical jokes on his friends. He looked forward to every Saturday having his morning coffee with his friend Greg. Ray's favourite song was The Little Drummer Boy and loved to listen to it any time of year. His nephew Grant, was very close to Uncle Ray and there was nothing Grant wouldn't do to help us out. In keeping with Ray's wishes, cremation has taken place. A burial and a celebration of his life, with family and friends, will be held at a later date. The family wishes to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff of the E. M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale, MB and to Dr. Griffin, doctors, nurses and the staff of the ICU and ER at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg, MB. Heart of Gold A heart of gold stopped beating, Hardworking hands went to rest, God took you home to prove us, He only takes the best. We will always remember the way you looked, The way you walked and smiled, All the things you did for us, Will be with us all the while. You lived your life for those you loved, Your children taught and grown, He called to you to come and dwell, Where no more work is done. Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1-204-768-2072 1-866-323-3593

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