Daryl Marvin Pederson “Petey”, 67, of Williston, passed away one month shy of his 68th birthday, due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease, at CHI St. Alexus Hospital in Williston early Sunday morning, July 16, 2017.
Daryl was born August 16, 1949, in Williston. He was the second of five children born to Marvin and Bette (Anderson) Pederson. He graduated from Williston High School in 1967 and then attended Trinity Bible College in Jamestown, ND, and Valley City (ND) State College. He then joined the Army. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, for two years. While on leave, Daryl proposed to Lois Walker, the love of his life. He returned to Okinawa, and he and Lois wrote letters to each other every day for 9 months until he returned to Williston two weeks before their wedding day, December 29, 1973.
They lived in Williston, where their son Daryn was born in 1976. They then moved to Dickinson, ND, and later Maple Valley, WA, where their daughter Brittany was born in 1980. In 1982, they returned to Williston, where they have remained.
Daryl worked as a paint contractor for many years. He often pointed out the homes and businesses around town that he had worked on throughout the years, and took great pride in his work. Daryl loved Williston, and enjoyed being active in the community. He served on the Williston Public School Board, and was proud to see the fulfillment of the board’s efforts to build a new middle school. Daryl also loved the time he spent as a chaperone for Williston High School band and choir trips.
Daryl was a sports fan. He was a Seattle Seahawks fan from their inception as an NFL team. He loved local sports as well, and enjoyed participating in the chain gang for Williston Coyote football games, as well as running the clock for Williston State College Teton basketball games. The referees for these games likely remember his “advice” to them fondly.
Daryl’s other interests included traveling, golfing, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and reading. He considered himself fortunate to have been able to travel to Europe several times. He golfed all over the country, but regarded The Links of North Dakota, “Red Mike,” as his favorite.
Daryl’s faith in Jesus was the driving force in his life. He loved and served the church throughout his life. He counted it a true joy to play his trumpet in church, and we will always treasure the goosebumps we had while listening to him play. He taught, served on the church board, and was instrumental in founding New Beginnings Church of God. He was passionate about missions, and his life was forever changed by the missions trip he took to El Salvador. He generously gave to missionaries all around the world.
Daryl is survived by his wife, Lois; his son, Daryn (Becky) Pederson, Tioga, ND, and their children, Luke and Hannah; his daughter, Brittany (Brady) Vickers, Williston, and their children, Oliver and William; his brother, David Pederson, Gilbert, AZ; his sisters, Bonnie (Roger) Hegwald, Kalispell, MT; Donna (Keith) Shelton, Williston; Sande (Scott) Langager, Wenatchee, WA; his aunts, Bobbi Hongerholt, Williston; Danni (Charles) White, Springfield, MO; Marlys Hagen, Williston; and many nieces and nephews. Daryl was preceded in death by his parents.