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Edwin S. Pedersen

November 29, 1923 February 7, 2012
Edwin S. Pedersen
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Edwin S. Pedersen, 88, resident of Luck, WI, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck.
Edwin was born November 29, 1923 in Bone Lake to Augusta and Einar Pedersen. He had two younger brothers, Andrew and Erik. He attended Luck schools for 12 years, then enlisted in the US Navy during WWII and served in the Pacific.
When the war was over, he attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa for 2 years and then spent 2 years at Macalester College in St. Paul, receiving his Bachelor in Education and later Master Degree in English literature.
He married Donna Mae Petersen in 1950 and they had four children: Katherine, Ann, David and Paul.
Edwin started his teaching career in Huntley, MN and then moved to Frederic and spent 34 years teaching English in the Frederic School system. In 1981 Edwin and Donna moved to Luck where they enjoyed being close to the school and their family.
Edwin was involved in many community organizations including the board of the United Pioneer Home, Luck Community Education, West Denmark Church, and was instrumental in the Library/Museum Project. Edwin was passionate about the environment, community, human rights, and politics and contributed many thoughtful and articulate editorials. He was considered a leading historian of the area and edited A Little bit of Luck, a comprehensive history of the community published in 1996. Edwin was a master carver and woodworker, creating and restoring many fine pieces of furniture that will last for generations.
Edwin was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Donna and children, Kathy (Robb Wilson), Ann (Dennis Fawver), David (Heidi) and Paul (Karen); 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 10, at 2:00 PM at the West Denmark Lutheran Church, Luck, WI.
Edwin’s family asks that memorials be given to the Luck Library/Museum to help pay for a life sized bronze sculpture or to the West Denmark Church. A fund will be set up with Luck Historical Society.
Refer to the following websites to leave online condolences or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 for additional information.
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck,, and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown,, have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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