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Charles Andersen Petersen, 92, Former MSU Track Coach, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 21, surrounded by his loving family. Survived by the love of his life for 64 years, Phyllis, they seemed to always be together enjoying life. He is also survived by his loving brother Marlow (Dorothy), children Cevin (Sue), Cathy (Dan), and Christa (Steve), grandchildren Ryan (MKelle), AJ (Lori), Caron, Corrie (Brady), Callie (Jeff), Olga (Eugene), Tatiana (Russ), Marina (Dan), DeeAnna, Hope, and great grandchildren Vlad, Piper, Andrew and Davida. Chuck was preceeded in death by his son Corey.
Chuck was born on April 22, 1925 in Flaxton, ND. He grew up in Valley City, ND where he graduated H.S. and College. He served during WWII in the Army Air Force and began his teaching/coaching career in Fargo, ND at Oak Grove H.S. in 1950 where coached Track, Basketball, Football and started one of the first Cross Country teams in the state.
In 1963, Chuck accepted a position at Mankato State College as the Asst. Track and Field Coach under Bud Myers. In 1973 he was promoted to Head Coach where he remained until retirement in 1988 (but he never really quit coaching). His teams captured 11 Conference championships and 32 All-Americans including 2 National Champions.
Chuck has touched thousands of student athlete lives over the years, not to forget family and friends. So many people over the years have stayed in touch and close to his heart.
God Bless you Chuck! We know you are rejoicing in the presence of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! You are missed already. We Love You!
Published on November 22, 2017
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