OBITUARY

Delbert "Ray" Peterson

July 13, 1947June 10, 2019

On Monday, June 10, 2019, Delbert “Ray” Peterson passed away at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Ray was born on July 13, 1947, in Ames, Iowa to Delbert and Annie (Creel) Peterson. He grew up in Ames and attended the Ames Schools. Ray met the love of his life Bonnie Brown through friends while in high school. Following high school, he went on to obtain his Associate’s Degree from DMACC. Ray and Bonnie were married on February 15, 1968.

Ray was drafted in 1969, serving in the Army from 1969 to 1971. He was stationed in Missouri while on active duty. During his time in Missouri, the couple was blessed with a son and upon return to Iowa, they settled in Gilbert and had two daughters.

Ray went to work for Whatoff’s Motor Co. After his time at Whatoff’s he was employed with Industrial Processing, which evolved into Custom Steel. Ray was with Custom Steel for over 40 years becoming the owner in 2010. He worked as much as his illness allowed, and never officially retired. As a child, Ray had quite the array of pets: nanny goat, chipmunk, mynah bird, owl, fish, and many dogs and cats. His love of animals carried with him throughout his life.

Ray was a large man with a large presence. He had multiple hobbies including boxing and playing the accordion. Even as young boy, Ray loved anything that moved beginning with his model airplanes, trains and unicycle which grew to his love of go carts, antique cars, boats, and airplanes. He even owned and piloted his own plane. He crafted beautiful items from wood often signing them with love notes. Ray enjoyed fishing and his firearms and motorcycles, taking numerous trips to Sturgis through the years. Ray will be remembered by those who knew him for his opinionated but charming attitude. Ray was a man of faith and achieved excellence in his many hobbies and passions. Above all, he will be remembered for his kind heart, his willingness to help, and his complete devotion to his family.

Ray was preceded in death by his father; Delbert Peterson, sister; Patricia Brewster and granddaughter; Alissa Peterson.

He is survived by his wife; Bonnie Peterson, son; Lonnie (Sheila) Peterson and their children; Levi and Piper, daughters; Jolene (Glenn) Meythaler and their children; Ashleigh, Jesse, Gavin, and Brendan; Jennifer (Randy) Tomlinson and their children; Taylor, Trenton and Lilianna, sister; Jo Ann (Craig) Hinson, and his mother; Annie Peterson, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

  • FAMILY

  • Ray was preceded in death by his father; Delbert Peterson, sister; Patricia Brewster and granddaughter; Alissa Peterson.

    He is survived by his wife; Bonnie Peterson, son; Lonnie (Sheila) Peterson and their children; Levi and Piper, daughters; Jolene (Glenn) Meythaler and their children; Ashleigh, Jesse, Gavin, and Brendan; Jennifer (Randy) Tomlinson and their children; Taylor, Trenton and Lilianna, sister; Jo Ann (Craig) Hinson, and his mother; Annie Peterson, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jolene Meythaler
  • Taylor Tomlinson
  • Lonnie Peterson
  • Mark Creel
  • Levi Peterson
  • Craig Hinson
  • Maurice Miller, Honorary
  • Johnny Weiss, Honorary
  • Tom Beedle, Honorary
  • Randy Tomlinson, Honorary
  • Glenn Meythaler, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2019

Memories

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Dan Wiedemeier

June 22, 2019

My thoughts go out Ray's family and friends. Though Ray openly told me of his condition when he found out, I was very saddened about his passing. Brave man and the finest of friends. He was all about family and friends, hobbies and creating things. Detail oriented.
I believe I first met Ray when he fixed sometime we couldn't at his business around 15 yrs ago. Somehow we got together 3 sometimes 4 time a week playing team racquet ball at isu's byre gym, along with Joel, Monty Lutz, Jessie Ring and a other brave souls.
We would keep changing partners and 2 hours of battle, bruises, and fierce competition. Talk about great fun and I always would bounce off Ray when running into him, and most avoided him running into me. All soaked with sweat at end of time.
We usually finished around 8. Showered and many time to Thumbs for a picture of beer and greatest of consevations.
Well, we stopped that 6 or so yrs ago due in part to wear and tear, time etc.
Since then Ray and I still got together trading lunches every month or two. Now and then getting together to ride his various hot rods jeeps, model t, harley, boat, shoot guns, etc.
Was remarkable relationship resulting in both of us making friends of each other's friends.
I could go on but all who know Ray know he wasn't afraid to say his mind while letting others do the same. Real family man.
Good man. I'll miss him but know how happy he was to meet passed family and friends at the gates above .
Truly sorry to have missed the services, don't get the paper or read obituaries. Learned yesterday. Dang, just called him few weeks ago about lunch.
Life is too short no matter how old.
Ray, thanks for the memories!
Family, he'll be there waitng for you
Friends ditto
Dan out





Justin Larson

June 15, 2019

I was a teenage friend of Lonnie‘s. One day, as a teenager, I was visiting Lonnie, and Ray had said something about needing to go to Caseys. I said “ do you need to go there and get milk and bread?” He said, “No, I’ve got milk in the fridge, and I can get bred in the bedroom.” One of many funny things I have heard Ray say over the years of knowing him He was very cool , he will be missed.

Sharron Martin

June 14, 2019

Sending my condolences to the Peterson family during this time of sadness and grief. Ray was a very talented person. I always enjoyed our conversations (especially politics!) I enjoyed knowing Ray over the past 40 years; he will be missed.

God Bless,
Sharron Martin

Randy Tomlinson

June 14, 2019

I was lucky enough to call Ray my Father-in -Law. I was even more blessed to call him my best friend for about a ten year period. We shared very similar interests building and flying RC aircraft together. We may have drank a beer or two in the process. I also worked with and for Ray for over twenty years and there will be a very big hole in my life with out him. He may have seamed a bit gruff on the surface but I can't say that I have ever known anyone with a bigger heart full of love for family, friends and life.

Paula Martin

June 13, 2019

Dear Peterson Family,
I’ve known Ray all my life. I am deeply saddened to hear that he has passed on. I just saw Ray a few weeks ago - with that gleam in his eye. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.
Paula Martin

John & Dee Ann Weiss

June 12, 2019

The memories we have of Ray will last a lifetime! Growing up across the street from each other on Burnett Ave. was a time of fishing together, late night pranks, camping, pidgeons in the garage, hunting pheasants, and mischief when the folks weren’t around. High school was a time of us being tough guys, cars and checking out the ladies.
As adults, we were busy raising our three kids and making a living. Ray was a hard worker, and had extensive wisdom in so many things. He could literally build anything with steel, wood, or metal. And then came the years of antique cars, boats, airplanes, and Harley’s. Many motorcycle trips around the US that were filled with laughter, wrong turns, hail storms, mountains and valley, curves and hills. Ray was the leader of the group, and sometimes that was a good thing and sometimes not. But that would take a book to write about!
I will never forget him, and will miss him every day. But I believe someday Ray and I will sit together in the Mansion above and talk about the good ole days we had on earth. God speed, my Friend, and thanks for making my life a better one!

KEVIN NETCOTT

June 11, 2019

Ray will surely, be missed by myself and family. He was a really smart guy, and taught me so much in the 28 years that I worked with him. My condolences to the family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY