In loving memory of

Douglas W. Petersen 11/14/20
June 7, 1958 - November 14, 2020

Douglas (Doug) Walter Petersen 62, of Gladbrook IA passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020. He was born to Walter and Neva (Ehrig) Petersen on June 7, 1958 in Grundy Center, IA. Doug was baptized on October 12, 1958 at the Salem Federated Church and converted to Catholicism on Easter of 1985. After graduating from Gladbrook High School in 1976, he earned a Bachelor's Degree (in Business) from the University of Northern Iowa. Doug had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel. Early in his career he was fortunate to explore most of Europe and the Caribbean. Doug had a fascination with birds from an early age. Growing up on the family farm he was able to raise various breeds of chickens and ducks as pets. Doug will be remembered for his caring nature and witty sense of humor.

Doug is survived by his two siblings: William (Crystal) Petersen, Sara (David) Quarles; four nieces and nephews, Jacob (Tayler Keitzer) Petersen, Levi (Hillary) Petersen, Taylor (Josh) Peterson, Bryan (Amy) Quarles. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Funeral Liturgy will be 10:00 a.m., Friday November 20, 2020 at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until the time of the services. Online condolences may be sent to


Chris Garrett wrote on Feb 23, 2021:

"I have so many wonderful memories of Doug when we were living in Grand Cayman, he was like one of my family members - so close to me and the girls. So very sad to hear of his passing - may he rest in peace. Chris Garrett"

Mercedes Lynn wrote on Nov 20, 2020:

"Will miss Doug! We will all miss taking care of him! ? I will always remember how picky he was when I went shopping for him! RIP DOUG??"

Shelley Wolf wrote on Nov 17, 2020:

"Sending LOVE and HUGS to Bill & Sarah and your families ?? Shelley Wolf"

Mary Jindrich Swarts wrote on Nov 17, 2020:

"I graduated in 1976 with Doug. He was a wonderful friend and classmate. After graduation he used to write me many fun letters while I was in school I'm Minneapolis. They always cheared me and kept homesickness away! Sending you much sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!"

Ardella Dirks wrote on Nov 17, 2020:

"You leave behind many friends and memories. Sending deepest sympathy to all your family"

Mary Cormaney wrote on Nov 17, 2020:

"I am so sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He was a joy to be around. He always made me laugh. He nicknamed me MJ. I will miss him. Hugs and prayers to all of you."

Wendy Warren wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"Doug, you were a friend, neighbor. The times to Riverview Park, Beads Lake, New Mexico and other fun in YF. Rip Doug. "

Wendy McCreery Holley wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"Just saw this news. So very sad to see this. Not only were you a cousin, you were a friend. Had so much fun in high school, especially band! Cruising around M-town and spending time with all you guys at home. You will be missed! "

Cindy Britton wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"What can I say. A dear friend and classmate gone. He and Hank shared the same birthday. Will remember all the fun we had growing up - the trips to Riverview Amusement Park, playing flashlight tag, riding our minibikes around the countryside and Hank's 18th birthday celebration riding home in your car and so many more. Heaven is the lucky one now - they have you. RIP my friend..."

AMANDA MINSER wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"Doug was an amazing man, with an even more hilarious personality. I will sure miss taking care of him. "

Shelley Hardisty wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"So many good memories of Doug through high school. RIP Doug!"

Lori Wickersham Proctor wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"I have so many fun memories of Doug from high school. We had great times going to ball games, parties, in classes, or just driving around forever on a Sunday afternoon. I'm sorry that he is gone from us, but I will always remember him, his sense of humor, and the fun we had. RIP Doug. ??"

Diana and Mark Volkens wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"So many good high school memories of Doug. I will never forget his great sense of humor and his smile. RIP, Doug! "

Lisa mayer wrote on Nov 16, 2020:

"Words cannot express The loss your going through. My prayers are with you all."

Stacy wrote on Nov 15, 2020:

"Thoughts and prayers to the family Stacy. S"

Heather Wagner wrote on Nov 14, 2020:

"Please accept my heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now, God rest his soul."