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Peter J. Wald, 80

Peter J. Wald, 80 of East Grand Forks, MN went into the loving arms of God Saturday, September 19th, 2015 in his home after a courageous 33 year battle with heart disease.

Peter James Wald was born November 4, 1934 in Michigan, ND to Michael and Christine (Leier) Wald. Pete was the second oldest of 7 children. His family moved many times while growing up. At age 3 ½ he moved with his family to Leeds, ND. then to East Grand Forks, MN and attended Sacred Heart School followed by a move to Grand Forks, ND where he attended St. Michael’s School. At age 11, he moved to a farm near Euclid, MN and attended a rural school. At 15, he moved to work with his Uncle Joe and Aunt Chris Wald on a farm near Crookston and attended High School at the Northwest School of Agriculture. 

Pete met the love of his life, Marilyn C. Bushee in her family’s potato field in 1952 and they were married June 28, 1955 in Sacred Heart Church, East Grand Forks, MN.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past June.

Pete entered the Air Force January 3, 1953.  While in the Air Force he was an Aircraft and Engine Mechanic and Flight Engineer. He was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas and they lived in Seguin Texas until his honorable discharge December 5th, 1956 as a staff sergeant. They returned to East Grand Forks to make their home and have lived there throughout their marriage.  

He spent his career in the automobile industry starting at Rydell Chevrolet in 1956 as a mechanic and then opened his own business of Wald Auto and Tractor repair.  He was recruited by Kielty Motors as Service Manager to run their service department. He also worked over the years as a Service Manager for Grand Forks Chrysler Center and Eide Motors until having to retire for health reasons in 1987.

He was an extraordinary man and extremely talented.  In addition to his passion for his family, he had a passion for working with wood and could build or carve anything. If there was something that needed to be fixed; he could do it.  

He was a man of deep faith and was involved throughout the Sacred Heart Parish as a school board President for 9 years, 35 years singing with the choir, reading and building tabernacles, an altar, kneelers, and a chair for the altar. He also carved a crucifix for Mount St. Benedicts, Crookston, MN. In addition he started the Busy Beaver Carving Club and was a member of the American Legion, East Grand Forks, MN.

He will be deeply missed but we know he is singing in heaven with God’s choir and working on a project already.  He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, sons Mark (Debbie) of Eagle ID; Tim (Denise) of Scottsdale, AZ and daughters Cindy (Scott) Schalkle of Cave Creek, AZ,; Julie (John) West of Fargo, ND and Lori (Bob) Zeman of East Grand Forks, MN; 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Marlene Majeres and Joyce Grabanski and brother Victor Wald.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Richard and Allan and sister Elizabeth Nettum
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Development Fund and Altru Hospice.

Funeral Service:  11:00 AM on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN.

Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Dahl Funeral Home, 2029 Central Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN and also one hour prior Funeral Service on Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Interment:  Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN

Online Guestbook:  www.dandahlfuneralhome.com

Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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