Verle Peterson

Verle passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the Hillsboro Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Verle Sharris Peterson was born on November 12, 1939, the son of Stewart and Velva (Hill) Peterson in Wales, North Dakota. He grew up on the family farm and attended a rural school in Moscow Township as well as Langdon, ND before moving to Hillsboro.

Verle was united in marriage to Sandra Sorum on May 5, 1962, in Hillsboro. They made their home in Hillsboro where they raised their son, Dana. He worked for Farmers Union, later known as Cenex, for over 42 years.

Verle will be remembered for his quick wit, ability to write poems and songs and his musical talent. He enjoyed playing in the band The Roadrunners. Verle had a deep love for animals and was rarely seen without a video camera in hand to document his grandaughter’s childhood. His kindness and willingness to help others will never be forgotten. Verle’s greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughters, singing, laughing and creating memories.

Verle is survived by his wife, Sandy of Hillsboro; his son, Dana (Paula) Peterson of Harwood, ND; two beloved granddaughters – Hallie and Andie; his sisters – Marlene Hanson (Fargo, ND) and Lavon Peterson (Hockessin, DE); and his brother, Lanny (Joanne) Peterson (Park River, ND). Also surviving are many very special nieces and nephews and many other very dear relatives and friends.

Verle was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; and his infant brother, Stewart.

Verle’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff at the Sanford Hillsboro Medical Center for their outstanding care.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at the Hillsboro United Parish UCC-UMC.

Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral in the church on Saturday.

Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home in Hillsboro. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at