Memorial service for David Peterson, 53, will be held January 6, 2018 at Central Christian Church at 11:00 a.m. with a private family interment at a later date. Friends may greet the family prior to the service beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the church. A luncheon following the service will be provided for family and friends.
David Paul Peterson was born February 9, 1964 in Killeen, Texas to Edward Leslie and Jessie Jean Peterson. He and his older sister, Debora Lynn were joined two years later by younger sister, Rebecca Sue. Following a parental divorce, David and his sisters spent their childhood years with their mother, Jessie and step-father, Bob Custer.
David attended Jefferson Community School and graduated in 1982. Living on the farm with his parents, Bob and Jessie, David helped with much of the farm activity, including raising hogs and lots of field work. He enjoyed 4-H and Little League activities. Following graduation David moved to Oklahoma City for a few years where he worked as an apprentice chef at a restaurant.
Returning to Iowa, David lived in Perry, Iowa where he met his future wife, Lisa Devilbiss. David and Lisa were married in December 1991. Their first son, Andrew, was born in 1991. Heartbreak followed with Andrew’s drowning death in 1995. Andrew’s death was followed with the birth of their daughter, Hailey in 1992 and later another son, Dalton in 2000. David worked for several years at the Goodyear plant in Des Moines, but an injury at work resulted in David not being able to work again.
David enjoyed camping and fishing, but his leisure passion was races. He and family and friends often went to races in Boone, and his special treat was going to Florida with his father-in-law to attend the Daytona 500. David enjoyed spending time with his children, but the highlight of his later years was his three granddaughters: Cambree, Ocean and Padmae. The granddaughters spent much time with their grandpa and greatly enriched his life.
David struggled with diabetes from age four until his death, spending time in hospitals several times through his life. His death resulted from several complications due to his disease. He died in Methodist Hospital in Des Moines with his family at his side.
David was preceded in death by his son, Andrew; step-father, Bob Custer; grandmother, Gloria Thede; grandfather, Edward Godwin; and uncles, Jim and Joe Godwin.
Survivors include his daughter, Hailey Ashworth and son, Dalton Peterson both of Scranton; his mother, Jessie Custer of Jefferson; sisters, Debora (Joe) Bynum of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Rebecca Johnson in Knoxville, Tenn.; granddaughters: Cambree, Ocean and Padmae; his ex-wife, Lisa Ashworth of Scranton; mother-in-law, Pattty Devilbiss of Perry; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and many friends.