Arthur Daniel PEDERSEN Sr.
PEDERSEN Arthur Daniel, Sr., of
Austin, Texas passed away peacefully in the company of family
and close friends on Sunday afternoon, June 27, 2010. He
was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 21, 1924 and attended
public schools there. He also attended New York University.
He lived in New Jersey from 1952 to 1999
when he moved to Austin. He was in many ways the embodiment of
the "Greatest Generation", raised in the depression, he grew to
manhood in World War II and raised two sons during the 1950s and
1960s. He did what it took to secure a future for his
family, performing different jobs from police officer for the
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, to salesman,
draftsman on aerospace projects, to letter carrier with the US
Postal service, from which he retired.
He served his county as
a marine in Pacific waters from August 1943 to November 1945,
earning 13 battle stars for service in some of the biggest
battles of the war. He was a living reminder that there is no
such thing as an " ex-marine." He followed the marine creed "Semper
Fidelis" in life - in his marriage, with family and in his
He was a longtime Mason and served as a worshipful master of the
Pioneer Lodge No. 70 in Hackensack, New Jersey. He retained his
involvement in the Masons during his time in Texas and upon his
death was a member of the Onion Creek Lodge.He was a man of many
talents, especially in vocal music. He had a wonderful tenor
voice and loved to sing and perform, often in church.
He recently celebrated his 65th wedding anniversary with Irene
Pedersen. His is survived by his wife Irene; his children Arthur
and Craig, his grandchildren Anna, Avery and Daniel, and special
extended family Mary Thompson and Paul Keeper. He also leaves
behind many friends in New Jersey and Texas. He was preceded in
death by his mother Margaret Pedersen, father Daniel Pedersen,
brother Roy Pedersen and sister Ruth Pedersen Herrschaft.
A memorial service will be held at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435
Frontier Trail (at South Lamar and Ben White) Austin, TX 78745
at 1 PM, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The family request that in
lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Shriners Burns
Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas.
Published in The Record and Herald News on June 29, 2010
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