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Alan Pettit

Alan Wesley Pettit, 84, passed away Sept. 28, 2009, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

Alan was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Bertha Township, to Charles Percy and Anna Elizabeth (Wyffle) Pettit. He was raised and educated in Verndale. He continued his education at St. Cloud State and entered the military after one year. He entered the Army in June 1943 and was honorably discharged in January 1946, receiving a Purple Heart. Alan was united in marriage with Jean Dolores Stuntebeck at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena on Aug. 12, 1947.

Alan served the Verndale and Wadena communities as a member of the Lions Club, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, MBA, Garden Club and St. Ann's Catholic Church. These communities will remember him as a prominent businessman in the banking industry for more than 50 years, and as owner of the First National Bank in Wadena. As an avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting and fishing. His sports enthusiasm was for golf and basketball. He loved to travel and his destinations often included a casino. He loved to grow vegetables and flowers. He passed on his love of various interests to his children and grandchildren.

Alan lived a life with struggles and triumphs. Family and friends knew him as a generous man, yet simple and humble. He never met a stranger and was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend to many.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Oct. 2, in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena with the Rev. Donald Wagner as celebrant. Interment was in St. Frederick's Catholic Cemetery in Verndale. Honorary pallbearers were all of Alan's grandchildren. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (

Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Jean; sons, Jeff (Mary), and Scott (Paula) both of Wadena; daughter, Diane (David Bjerknes) Pettit of Edina; 14 grandchildren, NeTessa (Jon) Regenold, Travis, Chelsea, Jascha, Wyatt, Colter, Bridger, Jarrett, and Lleyten Pettit, Jamie Pettit, Cory Pettit, Maggie (Mike) Jacobson, Emily (Bob) Weiher, and Linnea Bjerknes; five great-grandchildren, Lillia Pettit, Jacksen Pettit, Kloe Pettit-Sperling, Jaeger Pettit and Summer Pettit; brother, Charles (Eileen) Pettit of Brainerd; and brother-in-law, Loren (Ione) Fiskum of Wadena.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles "Percy" and Anna; brothers, Robert, James and Bert; sisters and brothers-in-law, Blanche and Dale Mielke, and Margaret and Lee Strubel; and sister-in-law, Betty Fiskum.