Range Funeral Homes


Thomas Melvin Peterson

02/28/1958 - 07/12/2020

Thomas M. Peterson, 62, of Mountain Iron, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the University of MN Medical Center in Minneapolis. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia at 11:00 am with visitation one-hour prior. Fr. Brandon Moravitz will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Thomas Melvin Peterson was born February 28, 1958 in Hibbing, MN to Melvin and Marilyn (Handberg) Peterson. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1976. Following high school, he attended Mesabi Range College for instrumentation and technology and then went to Dunwoody College of Technology and received a degree for autobody repair. Thomas worked for the Virginia Public Utilities until 1998.

Thomas enjoyed fishing, boating, and collector cars. He especially loved spending time with family and friends at the cabin on Lake Vermilion. His greatest pride and joy were his daughters and grandchildren.

On March 4, 1999, he received a heart transplant and would like to thank his donor for the extra 7801 days he got to spend with his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Danielle (Alan) Mattson of Ramsey and Samantha (Kyle) Andrews of Mountain Iron; grandchildren, Berkley, Brooks, Holt, and Baby Mattson due in November; brothers, Gerry Peterson of Virginia, Dan (Becky) Peterson of Hugo, and Dave (Nancy) Peterson of Hudson, WI; niece, Brooke (Jake) Fisher; and nephews, Marc Peterson, Bryan Peterson, and Tyler Erickson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.

7 thoughts on “Thomas Melvin Peterson”

  1. Jeff frisch says:

    Tom was such a warm and wonderful man. His closeness to his family was amazing. I felt very fortunate to have known him

  2. Carole Maki says:

    Rest in peace, Tom…..Prayers to your family…

  3. Ann Sacchetti Sargent says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. We grew up together on north side and were classmates. We had so many laughs in class. He was always so kind and gentle. I will miss his infectious smile. Rest In Peace my friend.

  4. Sue Lalli says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family at this time. I worked with Tom for many years at the Virginia Utilities and enjoyed his smiles and jokes along the way.

  5. Colleen Nelson-Maki says:

    I am so sad to hear of Tom passing. He was such a kind gentle soul. We graduated from VHS together. Everyone liked Tom! My thoughts & prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Tom… 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Jay Carlsgaard says:

    To Gerry, Dan, Dave and families. I was very sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. As you remember, I was your neighbor for many years and it was a privilege for myself and my family to know each you as well as your parents.


  7. Kent and Kathy Carlson says:

    To Tommy’s family,
    Living across the street from Tommy and the girls made him family as well as friend. The way he handled his life with joy ( his girls!) and enthusiasm is inspiring. We pray the family will be comforted with many good memories.
    Gods peace. Kent and Kathy, Maren and Erik

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07/18/2020 at 11:00 am
Holy Spirit Catholic Church Virginia MN

Visitation begins at 10:00 am