Former legislator Gordon R. Pederson passed away yesterday, Aug. 20 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Sioux Falls. He was 84.
An article in today’s Rapid City Journal provides great insight about Gordon and his life of service. It is well worth reading, as it recognizes the contributions he made throughout his life.
Pederson was a 23-year veteran of the Army who served in World War II, the
Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1970.
After serving his country in the military, Pederson returned home where he soon entered into the service of his state and community as a legislator representing his district in Pierre:
No one served in the Legislature longer than Gordon Pederson. Fellow lawmakers say few were better at it.
Pederson, 84, who died Saturday at a Sioux Falls hospital, represented Wall for 30 years in Pierre. During that time, which ended in 2008, he rose to become a ?statesman,? the body?s ?institutional memory? who ?didn?t have an enemy in the Capitol? and was considered the ?epitome of a good legislator,? his colleagues said.
A role model for today’s legislators, he will be missed.