Truman “Pete” Sanford, 90, Big Lake

Truman Sanford

Truman “Pete” Sanford, 90, Big Lake, died  Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
Visitation was Sunday evening Dec. 30, 4-7 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello. Further visitation was one hour prior to the funeral on Monday. Funeral service was Monday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel. Dr. Tom Sterneman officiated. Interment was at Big Lake Cemetery.
Pete was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Princeton, Minn., to Gordon and Elsie (Nystedt) Sanford. He grew up in the Princeton area and graduated from Princeton High School. On July 21, 1951 he married Lorraine Neddersen.
Pete was a lifelong farmer, first in Brooklyn Park and then in Big Lake since 1959. The couple moved to Big Lake in 1973. He was an innovative farmer always willing to try new and better ideas. He was also one of the first farmers in the area to use irrigation in 1961. Even in his later years when his health was failing, Pete always kept track of the crops and their performance. He also worked part time for Burlington Northern Railroad for 26 years. He and Lorraine wintered in Arizona since 1979. Pete was also an avid deer hunter and fisherman.
Pete is survived by his wife; sons, Jeffrey (Nancy), James (Susan), both of Big Lake;  eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Douglas Sanford, Princeton; and Merlyn (Dorothy) Sanford, New Brighton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister Margaret.
The family would like to thank the staff at Cherrywood of Big Lake for their loving care.