Ivan Morrell Peterson
March 18, 1940 ~ December 29, 2012
Viewing: Tuesday, Jan 1st from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and on Wednesday from 10-10:40 at the Brigham City LDS 18th Ward
Funeral services: will be held on Wednesday Jan. 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 18th Ward, 895 North 600 West.
Brigham City- Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Willow Glen Health and Rehab on Saturday Dec. 29, 2012.
Ivan was born on March 18, 1940 in Brigham City, Utah, son of Ivan and Doris Peterson.
He married his eternal companion Kay Molgard on June 14, 1961 in the Logan LDS Temple.
Ivan graduated from Utah State University and was an avid Aggie fan.
Ivan taught at the Intermountain Indian School then at the Ogden School for the Deaf and Blind. He retired as a counselor from Weber County Human Services.
Besides being the ultimate jokester, Ivan enjoyed old cars, four wheeling, country music, and telling his tall tales. He loved spending time with his family and his dogs. Time spent at the family cabin in Alpine, WY created many lasting memories.
Surviving are his wife Sylvia Kay Peterson, Brigham City; Nellie Jo (Howard) Pedersen, Ogden UT; Kent Ivan "Chuck"(Kristi) Peterson, Plain City, UT; David James Peterson, Ogden, UT; Kacy Morrell Peterson, Brigham City; Thias Elizabeth Menlove, Garland, UT; four sisters and one brother; 16 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by His parents and one sister.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday Jan. 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City LDS 18th Ward, 895 North 600 West. A viewing will be held on Tuesday Jan 1st from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and on Wednesday from 10-10:40 at the Brigham City LDS 18th Ward.
Special thanks to Willow Glen and Intermountain Hospice for their kind and excellent care, also thanks to our great family members, especially niece Barbie Kay Molgard and cousin Mavis Merrill.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Alzheimer's Association in Ivan Morrell Peterson's name.
No one will ever understand how much you went through in your last years to complete your earthly calling. I believe that each person who was lucky enough to care for you was taught a lesson, not by your words but by your presence. When I met you, you were tall, broad man who walked up and down the halls, and with each passing year, you became a fragile man. I am greatful that for the lessons that you have taught me by your presence. Those lessons include, compassion, patience, love, and understanding. All taught not by words but by the silence in your eyes, your smile and every once in awhile by the one subtle cuss word under your breath. Your wife had taught me lessons as well as she comes each day to sit with you and feed you lunch. She taught me endurance and commitment. The truest of love stories are not those of Romeo and Juliet but of real life stories like yours and Kays. You will be missed but each day I will celebrate that you have been set free. Over the years I cried as I tried to understand why or how this could happen to people. Today I will smile not because I understand but because your suffering has ended. God Bless You Ivan.
please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I understand the loss must be so overwhelming hope you will have a lightened load during this time. I was away when this happened so sorry I could not be there for you.