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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Terrance "Terry" William Peterson
May 6, 1942 - October 5, 2020

Place of Birth: North Dakaota
Residence: Watford City, ND, formerly of Froid, MT.
Age: 78

Terry was born on May 6, 1942, in Powers Lake, ND to William and Esther (Jorgenson) Peterson. He graduated from Powers Lake High School class of ’60. His college days were spent in Sioux Falls, SD, Fargo, and Minot, ND. Terry graduated with a degree in education from Minot State University in 1964, and little did he know at that time, the impact he would have on so many of us through his legacy as an educator and a person.

Terry met the love his life, Camille Mickelson, while in Minot. The two were married on August 8, 1965. The couple spent their first years of teaching in Richey, MT. Terry taught business classes and also got his first taste of coaching. Three years later, they found themselves trading in their royal colors for the red and black attire of the Froid Cardinals in Froid, MT. Coach Peterson got busy right away balancing teaching, coaching, and family life. Two years later, their daughter, Terrille, was born just prior to District BBB Tournament time. The family had seemed to establish their home in Froid – that was until Terry took a road trip alone, one summer weekend, to Powers Lake. He came back with the idea to move east – to Detroit Lakes, MN. The ol’ Blue Bomb soon found itself loaded with the playhouse, which contained all of the family’s belongings. The family successfully made the transition to MN. But after just one year, Terry was made aware that his positions at FHS still remained open, and they jumped at the chance to move back to be Cardinals again. They were home!

Mr. Peterson truly had a passion for education. He loved his career and all the students he came in contact with. He held the positions of teacher/coach/admin assistant/guidance counselor/athletic director with utmost respect. He coached several athletes in the sports of football, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, track, and cross country. Quite a number of his teams had successful runs, while others were a “work in progress”. Either way, Coach Peterson had a way of bringing the most out of every athlete fortunate to play for him. Because of his successful years as athletic director, Terry was nominated for the State Athletic Director of the Year Award for the state of MT. Upon retirement, he was awarded the Athletic Directors Life Pass. Mr. Peterson has held on quite proudly to that card in his wallet for the past 15 years.

Terry enjoyed staying busy. He grew up building houses, working with his Uncle Harold and crew. He loved fixing and remodeling. It didn’t matter what home, he always worked on it to make it his own. His most recent project involved designing an outdoor patio in his Mesa, AZ home where he enjoyed sitting and enjoying the heat of the sun, having coffee with friends. Terry spent several summers crop adjusting in both Montana and North Dakota. Terry was a long term member of the city council and later became mayor of Froid, a seat which he held proudly for several years.

Terry loved nothing more than spending time with his family. He often was a shoulder to lean on for advice for Terrille and her own sport’s teams, and was often seen supporting them on the “50 yard line” at many of those games. Terry and Camille purchased their first “southern home” in Watford City for the purpose of watching his grandkids participate in their sporting events – he would make sure that he and Camille did not miss one of them. Following Trey and Tarynn in their school events would be some of the most memorable events in his life – he cherished those memories deeply and was overwhelmed with pride at their accomplishments.

Terry had a love for music. Several athletes were blessed with his musical selections. Whether it be the hits for the Oak Ridge Boys, the Statler Brothers, or The Gatlins, if you were on one of his road trips to a meet or game, you probably knew the words and were singing right along with him by the end of the trip. Gospel music was by far his favorite. He often jumped at the chance when asked to join in church choirs, the last one being a member of the Lutheran Church choir in Watford City. He loved his Gaither’s, but his most recent go-to group was Celtic Thunder.

Whether you called him friend, coach, or Mr. Peterson, Terry had a way of making you feel comfortable. He touched so many lives in so many ways. No words can describe how much he will be missed.

Terrance (Terry) William Peterson, 78, formerly of Froid, MT, passed away Monday, October 5th at his home in Watford City.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, William and Esther, his step-mother Gudrun, two infant sons, his brother Bradley, his nieces Jessica and Jennifer, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins that greeted him at Heaven’s Gate.

Those who have yet to join Terry in Heaven: wife, Camille; daughter Terrille (Todd) Jacobson; his grandson Trey; his granddaughter Tarynn and her fiancé Brody; his special Aunt Bonnie and several cousins.

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Cathy Fischer (Sidney , MT)
Oct 5, 2020
Camille and Terrille I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you both.
Laura Christoffersen
Oct 5, 2020
God Bless and Keep Mr. Peterson...his faith was so evident to me from childhood forward, he attended EVERY Sunday at Froid Congregational Church -- I found it amazing to see him both in church and at school -- a role model for the ages. He was my XC coach, track coach, guidance counselor, hired me to babysit Terrille, coming out to tease us while ice skating between the school and his house, etc. Terry is in the edges of so many of my memories -- the children of Froid were blessed to have him as part of our lives. God Bless and Keep him, but also peace and love be with Terrille & Camille.
Jon &Shelly Jacobson (South Heart, ND)
Oct 5, 2020
Love and hugs to all of the family.
Rob Ryder (Helena, MT)
Oct 6, 2020
Sorry to hear about Terry's passing. Lot's of good memories of BB, track, and Froid Scholarship of him.
Clarence & Barb Luft (Froid, MT)
Oct 6, 2020
Camile, Terrille and family,
We were so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We have such wonderful memories of all the ball games and the kids. It was such and exciting time. We want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,
Your friends,
Clarence & Barb
Karen Broderson (Watford City, ND)
Oct 6, 2020
Camille, I am so sad to hear Terry has left us! There was always a good conversation when we would meet outside by the CE building. Please accept our sympathy to you and your family.
Blaine & Pat Erie (Mesa, AZ)
Oct 6, 2020
Our sincere sympathy in the loss of Terry. Always thought of Terry as a nice guy in high school in Powers Lake and both of us living in Leisure World AZ. God bless you Camille and family.
Blaine & Pat
Jim Schwartz (Dickinson, ND)
Oct 6, 2020
Camille and Terrele and family,

From the teacherage in Richey on, I will always cherish Terry as a teacher, coach, the years of school photography, and a good friend, it just seems that time goes too fast. Please accept my sympathies on this occasion..

May God be your strength.
Jim Schwartz (Dickinson, ND)
Oct 6, 2020
Camille and Terrele and family,

From the teacherage in Richey on, I will always cherish Terry as a teacher, coach, the years of school photography, and a good friend, it just seems that time goes too fast. Please accept my sympathies on this occasion..

May God be your strength.
Teresa Christoffersen Stokken (Lewistown , MT)
Oct 6, 2020
Very good memories of Mr. Peterson as a coach and teacher.....and yes I always called him Mr. Peterson!
Duna Holmen (Powers Lake)
Oct 7, 2020
Terry was a classmate of mine in PL
He cared about others and through his coaching became a role model
Terry was in my wedding in 1964. Hope and healing for his family and others
Robert Wallis (Anaconda, MT)
Oct 7, 2020
Sorry to hear of Terry's passing. He was a good coach and teacher to all my brothers and sister in Froid. Prayers to you and your family. We will have a mass said for Terry and your family.
Lori LaMar (Grenora, ND)
Oct 7, 2020
So very, very sorry. Mr. Peterson was one heck of a man, teacher, all round person. He was there for older/younger siblings, myself and my children, and he always had a smile and good word for us all, (I still owe you 1500 words for shorthand!!). May your nest journey be as good as you.
Loren & Roxie Miller (Williston, ND)
Oct 8, 2020
Terry was a teacher both Roxie and I had in high school (in the 1970's) at Froid. He stands out in our minds as being one of those skilled teachers that had a good rapport with his students. He coached many athletes from Froid and had many successful teams. Whether it was in school or in a sporting event he always demanded the best out of his students. Our sympathies go out to Camille and Terrille and their family.
Chole Crosby Butler (Sidney, MT)
Oct 8, 2020
I got to know Terry when I worked for Roosevelt County and would do some work at the schools. He was a very nice man. I am very sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.
Roger Slotsve (Bottineau, ND)
Oct 8, 2020
My most sincere sympathy to all of Terry's family. I have many good memories of our times growing up in Powers Lake.
Terry and Cathy Lobdell (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Oct 8, 2020
Terry's first teaching and coaching position was in Richey Mt when I was a freshman in the fall of 1965. He left after my junior year and went on to Froid and a atellar career in coaching and teaching. It was always fun to occasionally run into Terry and Camille through the years. Then in retirement Terry and Camille purchased a home in Leisure World in Mesa AZ at about the same time as Cathy and I did so we had many cherished visits the last few years.

Our heart goes out to you, Camille and Terrille and grandkids. Take care and cherish the memories of a life well lived.
Joy Owens (Bainville, Montana)
Oct 9, 2020
Terry is an icon at Froid. He touched a lot of lives over the years. He is the reason I got to spend 13 years in Froid. He was instrumental in my hiring. We spent hours after school working and you could hear his voice belting out Gaithersburg songs. I loved to hear him sing. He greeted me every morning with “Good morning Miss Owinski”. His nickname for me. Will miss him terribly. All my love and sympathies to Camille, Terrille, and his two grandchildren that he adored as well as his family
Roger Britton (Froid, MT.)
Oct 9, 2020
As a former school administrator and personal friend, Mr. Peterson was the best of the best. His positive influence as a teacher and coach will be long remembered.
Roxie Renner
Oct 13, 2020
Mr. Peterson was an amazing guy and a wonderful teacher. I’ll never forget the fun I had learning from him. Your family will be in my prayers!
Jackie Hippe (Froid, Mt)
Oct 13, 2020
Camille and Terrille so sorry for your loss. Mr Peterson was a great coach and Teacher. He was loved by so many in the Froid community and o e we can say definitely glad and proud he was part of our lives for me in school and church loved his singing voice. Hugs and prayers !
Russell Flakne (Minot, ND)
Oct 13, 2020
Im sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher.
Joe Reynen (From Froid live in Fort Peck, MT)
Oct 13, 2020
Mr. Peterson I think the first thing everyone thinks is “Coach”. I know this will be hard to believe but not all teachers had the respect of all the students in the 70’s and 80, Mr. Peterson did. When he talked you listened and you wanted to please and make him proud. He was a coach, teacher but a real mentor to me as I coached in Froid but mostly Culbertson. Had my best visit with him Glasgow Gym February 2009 coach’s room. He told me that he had watching and I was doing a good job. That meant a lot to me. Rest In Peace Coach. Camille and Terrille rest assured he’s watching over you and he will be still visiting with you.
Daniel Wallander (Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
Oct 13, 2020
I am honored and blessed to have known Terry. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him. My condolences.
Nancy Jo (Branson, MO)
Oct 13, 2020
My deepest sympathy to All of Mr. Peterson's family. He was my favorite teacher and taught me more than studies, but life lessons, as a student and later in my nursing career. I am honored to have know such a wonderful man.
Shawn Harkins
Oct 13, 2020
Terry was an awesome guy, so sorry to hear about his passing. RIP to one of the greats.
David Ostby (Bozeman, Montana)
Oct 13, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss of Terry. I was one of his "works in progress". During my Senior year (and his first at Froid), he mentioned that we were going to have a discussion about my lack of motivation after our Thanksgiving Tournament. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I blew out my knee that weekend so we never did have that conversation. He was a true gentleman and a class act.
Russell Flakne (Minot, ND)
Oct 14, 2020
Im sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher.
Gary & Charlotte Qualley
Oct 14, 2020
Camille, Terrille and family, there is not many people who have or take the opportunity to influence, guide, befriend or share life with so many others and to have done it so well as Terry! I know Terry’s love for Christ was the foundation for how he lived his life and such an example to teach others how to live life..We’re blessed to have known him. There’s a quote from Ravi Zacharis that I love, and appropriate now, “For Christians, death is never the end of a relationship, only an interruption followed by glorious reunion.”
May God give you comfort in this separation as you look forward to that reunion.
Frank and Kathy Loehding
Oct 14, 2020
Our sincere condolences on your loss, Camille. He will be missed by many.
Shanonne Ryder Oelkers (Las Vegas, NV)
Oct 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Mr.P was a great teacher and I’m thankful to have had him teach me skills I will continue to use for a lifetime. God Bless
Kris Beck Treasure (Poplar, MT)
Oct 14, 2020
I met Terry as a crop adjuster. He was a great guy! There was a golf outing offered at one of the update meetings, and my friend Nancy and I decided to have some fun and give it a try. Since we were first timers, no one wanted to play with us. Terry was kind enough to let us tag along. I was awful, balls flying all over the place, mostly in the trees. Nancy was a born pro, she beat everyone in the group. Terry was the best sport through it all. We had a great time. My condolences to his family. I know he will be greatly missed!
Jim and Sheri Harvey (Froid)
Oct 16, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We will always remember him as the best coach, teacher, coworker and of course the very best of neighbors.
Debbie Erickson (Billings, MT)
Oct 16, 2020
Terrille and Family,
I am sorry about your loss. I did not know him but he sounds like he was well loved. Hold your memories close to your hearts. I pray that you will be comforted by God’s promise of eternal life.
Butch Zieske (Richey, MT)
Oct 16, 2020
My first teacher/coach/AD was at Bainville. Terry and Phil Robinson took me under their wings. Later I came to Richey and immediately had a good friend in the conference. Great memories.
Carol And Wally Birkeland
Oct 17, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Terry's passing. Hugs and prayers to all.
Jim haugen (Helena, Mt)
Oct 18, 2020
I was always an admirer of Terry in our many years of friendship. He was a strong leader in our state’s high school activities. You have my most sincere, significant thoughts and I wish for your family a comfortable grieving...Jim Haugen, Helena, Sidney sand on behalf of MHSA
Butch Zieske (Richey, MT)
Oct 20, 2020
My first teacher/coach/AD was at Bainville. Terry and Phil Robinson took me under their wings. Later I came to Richey and immediately had a good friend in the conference. Great memories.
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