Clayton E. Pedersen, 89 of St. Paul, passed away unexpectedly at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul on Monday, January 16, 2023.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul. Pastor Steven Neal will be officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. The family is requesting casual attire. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Tuesday at Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home.
Clayton Emil Pedersen was born on September 9, 1933, to Emil and Elnor (Christensen) Pedersen on a farm southwest of Wolbach in Howard County. Later they moved to a farm north of Wolbach where Clayton first attended the rural school, until the family moved west of Wolbach. He finished his schooling in the rural area. Clayton was the only boy amongst six sisters.
In 1955 he worked for the Co-Op Creamery of Wolbach and later in 1958 he worked for the Chicago Lumber Company in Wolbach.
He married Geraldine (Gdantz) in Elba on May 2, 1959. They have three daughters, Teresa, Lorraine and Louise. The family farmed three miles east of Wolbach and started raising Limousine-Angus cattle. He became a member of the North American Limousine Cattle Foundation in November of 1981. Clayton became an active member of the Bluebirds Across Nebraska, along with his wife, Geraldine in 1998. Both of them became coordinators for Greeley County on October 30, 2001. Together, the couple enjoyed dancing to polka and waltz music.
He was the custodian at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach from 1966 until the time they moved to St. Paul.
His hobbies were working cattle with his dog, “Pup”, riding horses, breaking colts, camping, and fishing. He was referred to as the “Repair Man,” because he could fix just about anything, He was a talented woodworker and will forever be remembered by his grandchildren when they see their barns he made for each of them. He was the grandpa that would play baseball with his grandchildren any chance he got.
Clayton belonged to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and was a past member of the Stuhr Museum and Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolbach.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Geraldine; daughters & sons-in-law, Teresa & Tim Nielsen of Buffalo Gap, South Dakota, Lorraine & James Cook of Fullerton, and Louise & David Weber of Iowa; sister, Kathryn Dubas of Palmer; grandchildren, Dan Cook, Tanner Nielsen, Nick Cook, Jared Cook. Tiffany Kaiser, and Lance Weber; great-grandchildren, Bo Vand Vorste, Ryan Cook, Dillon Fitzgerald, Taylor Cook, Kimber Kaiser, Landon Weber, Bryce Cook; & grand-pups, Jasper, Bandit, Scotty, and Sheeba; numerous nieces and nephews.
Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, Emil & Elnor Pedersen; sisters, Shirley Lanka, Joan Christensen, Lola Sperling, Phyllis Gebhardt, and Lorraine Wozniak.