RICHFORD — Retired Army Staff Sergeant Peder Kristian Pedersen, age 82, of Richford was found dead at his home on Harlem Street on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1931 in Valley Stream, N.Y., the son of the late Peder C. and Karen P. (Christensen) Pedersen.  On Oct. 20, 1973 he married Helen (Goodrich) Woods in Berkshire.

As a young child, he spent a few years living with his parents in Denmark and in 1935 they returned to the United States. Pete attended grade school in Valley Stream and high school in Richford. Pete enlisted in the army in 1950 where he spent time on several army bases in Germany and Italy and served four tours in Vietnam; earning two Bronze Stars and several other awards. After retiring from the army in 1972 he returned to Richford and lived next to his parents on Troy Street.  Throughout his working career Pete spent time on several local farms; including Victor Couture’s in Berkshire and his future in-laws, Leland and Mary Goodrich’s, he worked at the sewing factory in Richford and then for Citizens Utilities for several years until retirement in 1993.

Pete is survived by his children and their spouses, James and Shelly Woods of Richford, John and Patricia Woods of Berkshire, Lynn and Ernest Minetti of Berkshire and Lisa and Dale Lamell of St. Albans; 10 grandchildren, Sara Sanborn and her husband, Jeremy, Jesse Woods and his wife, Holly, Nathan Minetti, Kyle Woods, Eric Minetti, Kory Woods and his wife, Amanda, Taylor Lamell, Katie Charron and her husband, Mitchell, Alison Lamell and Ashley Woods; five great-grandchildren, Jaden, Katherine and Ryan Sanborn and Aubrey and Jackson Woods; brother-in-law, Kenneth Goodrich and his wife, Joan, of Berkshire; four nephews and their spouses,  John Record of Rutland, David and Tina Record of Richford, James and Peggy Record of Berkshire and Thomas and Susan Record of Bristol and his faithful dog, Mister. Pete was predeceased by his wife, Helen, on March 25, 2010; his father, Peder, on April 18, 1973; his mother, Karen, on April 10, 1998 and his sister Laura (Pedersen) Record on March 21, 1960.

A graveside memorial service with full military honors will be held this spring in the East Franklin Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit Pete’s family from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Richford American Legion Post#12, 35 River Street, Richford, VT on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013.

For those who wish, contributions in Pete’s memory may be made to the Richford American Legion Post #12, 35 River St., Richford, VT 05476.

Private condolence’s may be sent to Pete’s family online through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.