David W. Peterson, 80, of Madrid, passed away on October 11, 2022, at the Perkins County Hospital in Grant.
David was born February 14, 1942, at Genoa, Nebraska, to John C and Mildred L. (Fiddock) Peterson. David and his family moved to Perkins County in 1949. He graduated from Madrid High School with the class of 1959 and subsequently graduated from Dana College in 1965.
On January 19, 1963, David met and married Nancie Ann Brockmeyer at Blair, Nebraska. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Kimberly, Kristina, and Kyra.
David committed his life to farming, primarily dry land, which he had done passionately since the age of 16. He and the family were awarded the Keith County Pioneer Family Award in 1995, which was a dearly special honor to his family.
David was a longtime member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Grant, where he taught Sunday school and served as an elder of the church for over 33 years. Aside from farming, David dedicated much of his life to the service of his community and to others. He served on the Perkins County Hospital Foundation Board for nine years and was a committee member of the Madrid Volunteer Fire Department for over 35 years. David also gave a considerable amount of his time and talents to the Orphan Grain Train in Julesburg, Colorado. David served many years as chairman of the Madrid Town Board, where he was an ardent supporter of Madrid Days. He was also known for his dedication in helping gather prizes and calling the numbers for Bingo. David was an avid volunteer for the Madrid Senior Meals.
David had a sense of humor all his own, replete with plenty of "David-isms." When asked to do something, he often replied, "it'll cost you a quarter." He loved to make his girls smile and found evermore creative ways to accomplish his goal. One of David's hallmark sayings over the years was, "Maybe next year." It was perhaps in God's providential plan that David came to know the virtue of patience through his lifelong commitment to farming, but alas, "next year" has finally arrived. May he now rest in God's peace.
David is survived by his wife, Nancie, and their children, Kimberly Peterson, Kristina (Mike) Walter, and Kyra Peterson; his grandchildren, Kenneth (Mary) Walter, Hilary (Travis) Claire, Jenna Walter, Tayler Walter, Sheyenne Glasgow, and Kirsten Gibbons; his great-grandchildren, Makena, Kennedy, Maura, Kendall, Anna, Arabella, Alec, and Christian; brothers-in-law, Warren (Lynn) Brockmeyer, and Paul (Kathy) Brockmeyer; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Zion Lutheran Church or the Madrid Volunteer Fire Department in David's memory. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com. The services will be streamed live at ziongrant.org.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022, at 10:30 AM at Zion Lutheran Church and Grant, with Pastor Heckmann officiating. Inurnment will be in the Blanche Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.