Wayne F. Peterson


January 4, 1948 - August 20, 2022 

Wayne F. Peterson passed away August 20, 2022, suddenly at home at the age of 74. After being disabled since 2016 from a stroke, and in 2021 from a heart attack, Wayne got his wish to die at home.

Wayne was born January 4, 1948, in Hot Springs, S.D., the second of three children of Francis Albert and Mary Lenore (Sheaman) Peterson. He went home to the ranch near Burdock, S.D., where he lived the rest of his life. Wayne attended the Burdock school through 8th grade and graduated from Edgemont High School in 1966. He was an athlete, competing in both football and basketball. After a short stint working at the Post and Pole Plant in Edgemont, he joined his parents working on the ranch. In 1969, Francis passed away. Wayne was only 21 years old when he took over running the ranch with his mother Lenore. The ranch included land in South Dakota and Wyoming and approximately 300 head of cattle. He also raised alfalfa and grass hay. In 1972, Wayne married Debrah (Debbie) Anderson. They had two sons, Jeff Peterson and Todd Peterson.

Wayne was described as “strong” by a close family member. He was indeed strong-physically, mentally, emotionally, with strong values, strong will and opinions! Wayne was a loyal friend and neighbor. He enjoyed playing golf, card games and hunting. In later years, he enjoyed farming several acres of grain and woodworking.

Wayne was recognized as an honorary member of the Edgemont Volunteer Fire Department for serving with the department for 28 years. He was also recognized by the Edgemont High School Football Program for 32 years of service. Wayne served as president of the Edgemont Golf Club and was a member of the Town and Ranchers Conservation Club (Sportsman’s Club). He was a lifetime member of the Edgemont Area Historical Society, and the ranch received a board in the Covered Bridge for his contribution. He was an officer on the Argentine Township Board of Directors for 40 plus years. Wayne was a staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association, and he was designated a Patriot Life Member.  

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Francis Peterson & Lenore Peterson Bell.

Wayne is survived by his son, Jeff Peterson of Edgemont, and children, Morgan Peterson of Edgemont and Braden Peterson of Edgemont; son, Todd (Holly) Peterson and daughter, Maddie Peterson of Edgemont; sister, Judy (Cap) Ferguson of Silt, Colo.; brother, Bruce Peterson of Chadron, Neb.; many nieces and nephews.

Per Wayne’s wishes, no funeral will be held. A family service where his ashes will be spread from his favorite spot overseeing the ranch, followed by a celebration of life.

Arrangements have been placed under the local direction of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home, Hot Springs, S.D.

Fall River County Herald Star

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