Former State Senator Don Pederson died Sunday in Lincoln

The family of former state Sen. Don Pederson says he died Sunday at his home in Lincoln. He was 90.

His wife, June Pederson, said Pederson died of pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed May 14.

Pederson served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1996 to 2007. He was appointed in September 1996 to replace David Bernard-Stevens, who had resigned.

He was elected later in 1996 and won re-election in 1998 and 2002. He was barred from running again because of a state law limiting state senators to two terms.     

Pederson was a longtime resident of North Platte. He is the father of former Nebraska Cornhuskers athletic director Steve Pederson.     

He is survived by his wife June, of Lincoln; four sons, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services are pending.

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