Oscar Vernon Pederson, former resident of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and Destin and Niceville, Florida, died on Sunday, April 21, 2019. He was 83 years old. Services were held at McLaughlin Mortuary in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on Friday, April 26.
Mr. Pederson was born in Hamilton, Texas on January 8, 1936 to Carl Oscar and Mollie Jane Pederson. The family subsequently moved to Dallas, Texas where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1954. He was a member of the track team and attended East Grand Avenue Baptist Church. Mr. Pederson enlisted in the United States Marine Corp upon graduation and received an honorable discharge in 1959.
Mr. Pederson married Mary Ann Horschler Wright in Durant, Oklahoma on November 6, 1964. Residing in Fort Worth and Azle, Texas, they owned and operated Decorative Building Supply until they sold the business in 1985. Mr. Pederson was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Fort Worth, Texas and Lodge No. 601 in Azle, Texas. In addition, he was a member of the Moslah Shrine Temple in Fort Worth, Texas, participating in the Moslah Shrine Patrol and the Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 32. Mr. and Mrs. Pederson relocated to Destin, Florida upon retirement where they enjoyed walking, playing cards, and rooting for their favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Mr. Pederson is pre-deceased by his wife of 50 years, Mary Ann; his brothers, James Carl Pederson and Paul Henry Pederson of Dallas, Texas; and his sister, Martha Ellen Pederson Paschal, and her daughter, Marti Paschal, of Dallas, Texas. He is survived by son, Randel Dean Wright and his partner Janette Holmes of Dallas, Texas; daughter and son-in-law Bridget Ann and Raymond S. Brown, Sr. of Zionsville, Indiana; grandchildren, Lauren Chrisanna Chau of McKinney, Texas, Erin Amanda Kaimkhami of Dallas, Texas, Meredith Ann Brown of Chicago, Illinois, Caitlin Elizabeth Brown of Baltimore, Maryland, Raymond Stephen Brown, Jr. of Peoria, Illinois; great-grandson Ciarin Dean Chau of McKinney, Texas; nephew Paul Duane Pederson of Mineola, Texas; nieces Janet Tiseo of Heath, Texas, Glenda Coffman of Mineola, Texas, and Donna McDonald of Rockwall, Texas. In recent years, Mr. Pederson enjoyed his fellowship with many friends at The American House in Niceville, Florida, especially Marie Donovan.
Mr. Pederson, who will be remembered for his good humor, caring disposition, generosity, and positive outlook on life, advised his friends and family to “never lose hope. You never know what tomorrow may bring.” In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children at https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.