Sean Pederson

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MSgt. Sean A. Pederson, USAF Retired, 50, of Belleville, IL, born April 29, 1968, in Sacramento, CA, died Thursday, June 21, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital emergency room, O’Fallon, IL.

Sean grew up in the New Hampshire town of Claremont where he graduated from Steven’s High School in 1986.  Following his graduation, he joined the Air Force and attended basic training at Lackland AFB. His first assignment was at Pope AFB where he served in the Civil Engineering squadron.  Sean served in several domestic bases such as McGuire AFB (where he met his wife Sue in 1994), and Tyndal AFB in the Red Horse Squadron. He also served two tours of duty during the Gulf War and was located at other overseas bases such as Mildenhall in the UK, Kunsan AFB in South Korea, and had a short stint in Uganda in a humanitarian role.  Throughout his career, he also served as an NCOIC, and finally retired at Scott AFB in 2010 as a Master Sergeant after more than 23 years of service.

Outside of his military career, Sean was an active member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, serving as a lector.  He also was heavily involved in various activities in which his children participated.  Sean was an avid golfer and member of a local golf course and participated in a Thursday league with many close friends.

Sean was a diehard Boston sports fan who relished the multiple championships such as the Red Sox (3 of them), Bruins, Celtics and the Patriots (5 championships – not a typo).

Sean was preceded in death by his mother, Janet M., nee Dubois, Pederson; and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Susan M. “Sue”, nee LaFontaine, Pederson, whom he married on August 24, 1996;
two daughters, Kathleen and Olivia Pederson;
his father, Donald P. Pederson;
and a brother, Christopher Pederson.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Cathedral, to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, or to the Pregnancy Care Center of Belleville. Condolences may  be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Military honors will follow the funeral mass.


18 Comments on Sean Pederson

Chet & Lynda Howard said : Guest Report Jul 04, 2018 at 9:57 PM

To the Pederson household and their families and friends... I was just now shocked to see the passing of Sean. Although I only knew his mother and father, I am sure he was an outstanding young man. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are sincerely sent from myself and my wife Lynda.

  • Claremont
  • NH
Caryl McPherson said : Guest Report Jul 03, 2018 at 2:08 PM

Don, I am so sorry to hear about your son's passing, it was a shock to read about it in today's paper. You have suffered such losses lately, and I hope you will continue to find peace and love through your family and your faith. Ryan and I miss your haircutting skills, and especially visiting with you in the Trichology Shop! Sincerely, Caryl

  • Charlestown
  • NH
Msgt Wessley Rutherford, USAF, (Ret) said : Guest Report Jul 02, 2018 at 8:03 PM

Saddened greatly by the news. Bull was loved by those who knew him. I served with him prior to my retirement at 823rd (Det 1) RED HORSE. Great guy. Awesome Horseman.

  • Trinity
  • AL
Matt said : Guest Report Jun 27, 2018 at 9:00 PM

I only knew Sean as a customer of ours over at Scott AFB, but he was certainly one of my favorites to work with. He was always great to work with and certainly loved to talk about the Patriots when he got the chance too. It was hard to hear of his passing and I would like to express my condolences to his family. Sean, you will be missed.

  • St Paul
  • MN
Peggy S. said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Sue, Kathleen, and Olivia, my deepest condolences go to you and your family. I wish I could say that I can't imagine what you are going through, unfortunately I lost my father a few years ago very unexpectedly and nothing you are going through is enjoyable. I didn’t know your father, but participating in homeschooling activities I have gotten to know your mother some and your mother is one of the most genuine and sweetest women I have ever met. If your father was half the man your mother is, he was an amazing man I am sure!! My heart goes out to you and your family. As a daughter and a sister who lost my father too early, stick together as a family!! I pray for you that your faith in God remains strong, because your faith will help you though these tough times. My Deepest Condolences! Peggy

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
MSgt Chris Garrett (Ret) said : Guest Report Jun 26, 2018 at 12:13 AM

I had the pleasure to work with Sean at Scott and he was a great worker and individual. To his wife and kids I want to express my deepest condolences he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

  • Ellenwood
  • GA
Scott and Nancy Cornell said : Guest Report Jun 25, 2018 at 12:44 PM

Bull was a good guy and friend. We were stationed together at Tyndall AFB. My condolences to his Family. He will be sadly missed.

  • Navarre
  • FL
Connie Smith said : Guest Report Jun 25, 2018 at 5:28 AM

Very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Sean, his wife or daughters but my daughter attended CBAY with them and enjoyed their presence. My heart goes out to you and your family in this very difficult time. The church is also your family and we will be here for you. Many prayers to the Pederso family. God bless.

  • Illinois
NILUFER FRIES said : Guest Report Jun 24, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Sue & family - I am so sorry to hear about your husband. You are in my prayers.

  • IL
Don & Bonnie Lemire said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2018 at 4:42 PM

To Don and Sean's dear Family, we were so saddened to hear of Sean's passing. He was a classmate of our daughter's at Stevens High. We lost her in Jan. of 2015 so we know how deeply this hits as a parent. We hold you all in our prayers and ask that you be blessed with strength during this most difficult time. We take comfort in the knowledge that he is with his Mom. Lovingly, The Lemire Family

  • Kingston
  • NY
Shareen Phillips said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Sue, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
mike russell said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Deeply saddened to hear of your families loss. Growing up Sean was always a class act and genuine good guy.

  • old lyme
  • ct
Richard Ransom said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2018 at 3:49 AM

Sue, Kathleen, and Olivia, you all have my most sincere prayers and condolences. So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Sean in CE. I also played in the orchestra for the Nutcracker ballet, and Sean made a point to find me there and talk for a minute about how proud he was of his daughters and to tell me job well done, which was always great to hear because my family in Wisconsin have not had the chance to visit and see it. I looked forward to seeing him there again this year. If you are in the Nutcracker this fall (I should be again playing percussion), I will try and say hi. Or you can find me there. I will always listen. Sean, you will be missed by me not least, Godspeed.

  • Scott AFB
  • IL
Sean Murnane said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2018 at 2:57 AM

Sue, Kathleen and Olivia; I feel such a horrible sense of inadequacy trying to say just how heartbroken I am for your loss. What a great guy your Dad was. I will miss him something terrible. All my thoughts and prayers to your entire family. Sean, Kelly, Olivia and Cecilia Murnane

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ken & Charlene Mills said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2018 at 2:43 AM

Worked with Sean for a couple of years. He was a great guy who deeply loved his family! Our deepest sympathy on his sudden passing. He will be solely missed by everyone that knew him. The Mills

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Bo Stokes said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2018 at 2:13 AM

To my mentor, my brother, my friend... You had more kf an impact on my life and our family than you will ever know. I grew up in front of your eyes and under your supervision. From my family to yours, we will miss you forever. The Stokes' (Bo, Jake, Hailey, Bailey, Kara, and Brycen)

  • Laurel Hill
  • Florida
Patrick Cowhey said : Guest Report Jun 22, 2018 at 11:09 PM

Old friend, our time together in North Carolina was epic. The many trips to Raleigh (and your dance skills), hanging out at the dorm, your wicked slap shots in the parking lot, your mastery of bowling, and even that crash we got into in your little red pickup truck! Great to be your friend, when we were both so young. You are missed. We shall meet again.

  • Gloucester
  • VA
Pat Voss said : Guest Report Jun 22, 2018 at 9:15 PM

Sue, Kathleen, and Olivia, The 3 of you have my sincere sympathy. I worked the Sat. Morning breakfast with you. I am also a lector at the Cathedral. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Try to stay strong, and remember the good times. Bless you. Pat Voss

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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