Grant A. Peterson, 96, of Marshalltown, IA passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, at Southridge Nursing and Rehab, in Marshalltown while under the care of Care Initiatives Hospice. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery, in Marshalltown. The Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to
Grant was born on July 15, 1916, the youngest son of John and Adeline Peterson, Grant began his education in a country school and graduated from Randalia High School in 1934. Grant continued his education at Upper Iowa University where he played football and baseball under Coach Doc Dorman and graduated in 1939 with a degree in Biological Science. He was elected into the UIU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. He took his first teaching and coaching job in Stanley, Iowa and then at the high schools in West Branch and Vinton. When World War II began, he was contacted by the draft board, who told him to finish the current semester in West Branch, and then enlist in the service. He joined the Navy and eventually came to serve as Lieutenant in the Armed Guard Division, a group of unsung heroes, who were assigned to guard merchant vessels from attack by planes and submarines. In 1941, Grant married Margaret Wood of Fayette, their daughter, Lynne, was born in 1946 and in 1950, Grant received his Masters Degree from the University of Iowa. The family moved to Marshalltown in 1953, where Grant continued his teaching and coaching career at the junior high level, retiring in 1981, for a total of 38 1/2 years teaching. He was named teacher of the year in 1968 and inducted into the Iowa High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1971. He also spent many years as a football and basketball official. Upon retirement, he enjoyed playing gold and following all sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes and Marshalltown Bobcats. He became a dedicated care-giver to Margaret, who developed Alzheimer's disease and passed away in 2007. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, U.S. Navy Armed Guard veterans, American Legion, VFW, MEA, ISEA, and NEA. One of his most cherished recent memories was being included in the Honor Flight group from Central Iowa that toured Washington D.C. in 2009.
Grant is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lynne and Don Wachal of Cedar Rapids, granddaughter and husband, Lori and Todd Hausmann, and great-granddaughters, Hanna and Leah Hausmann all of St. Paul, MN, his special nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, his parents, brother, Glen, and sister, Inez. The family would like to thank the staff of Care Initiatives Hospice and Southridge Nursing and Rehab for their kindness and wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial to Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, P.O. Box 10704, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52410 or Care Initiatives hospice, 7055 Vista Drive, West DesMoines, Iowa 50266