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Peder C. Morken

With his family by his side Peder Morken, age 89 years of Harris Hill, Ontario passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2002 at the Rainy River Hospital in Rainy River, Ontario.
He was born on June 18, 1912 in Roseau, Minnesota to the late Martin and Kari Morken. In 1914 at an early age, Peder moved to Canada with his family to settle on a farm north of Stratton, Ontario. Peder was raised there on the farm and eventually farmed the land himself.
During his younger years he spent several winters working in logging camps and several summers guiding at local tourist resorts. On July 8, 1946 Peder was united in marriage to the former Hazel McQuaker. They continued to farm the Morken farm until 1974 when Peder retired from farming and Hazel retired from teaching. They sold their farm and built a new home in Harris Hill (north of Rainy River) to be near their daughter Carolyn and her family.
Throughout is life, Peder was known as a kind and generous man. He enjoyed visiting and socializing with people of all ages. He loved to hunt and fish and had many stories and pictures to attest to his successes. He loved the outdoors and he loved to garden. He enjoyed travelling and had many stories to tell of his trip to Israel and his journeys across Canada and trips to parts of the United States.
Throughout his life he was very active in the Lutheran Church in Stratton and after in Bergland. He was very involved with his family and the love of his life was his three grandchildren. He remained active and independent driving his own car and living in his own home until five days before his death. Peder will be remembered for his thoughtful ways, his wonderful sense of humour, his independent spirit and the love he gave unconditionally to his family.
He was predeceased by his wife Hazel and by one sister, Rose Carlson.
Peder is survived by his daughter, Carolyn and husband Robert Kreger of Harris Hill, Ont,; three grandchildren, Sherri Kreger of Harris Hill, Ont., Martin Kreger and wife Jennifer of Fort Frances, Ont., and Robyn Kreger of Edmonton, Alta.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 5, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bergland, Ontario. Pastor Ron Grout officiated with interment in Bergland Cemetery in Bergland, Ontario.
Friends visited Monday evening from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Rainy River Funeral Home in Rainy River, Ontario.
Pallbearers were Murray Gemmell, Jack Winik, Charlie Morken, Jim McQuaker, Milton Kreger and Melvin Morken.
Honourary pallbearers were John Olson, Lloyd Moen, Jim McLean, Melvin Morken Sr., Leonard Rencher and Carson McQuaker.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to either the Rainy River Hospital, Box 236, Rainy River, Ontario. POW 1L0 or the Trinity Lutheran Church, RR#1 Sleeman, Ontario, POW 1M0