David was born in Dell Rapids, SD on April 16, 1937 to Hollie and Margaret (Briley) Peterson. He graduated from Dell Rapids High School, joined the navy for 4 years, worked with Gene Marcher in his body shop until he purchased the business and it became Dells Body Shop for 20 years. He went to work for Chief Automotive Technology until his retirement.
Dave had a real passion and zest for life. Everyone he met experienced his humorous and adventurous approach to life. He loved to travel, always looking for the next adventure. His love for boating and being around the water nourished his spirit.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sandra Hollida Peterson; 3 children: daughter, Nanette (Darren) Billings of Little Rock, AR; his son, Joel (Theresa) of Ft. Collins, CO; his son, Greg (Jennifer) of Tulsa OK; 5 grandchildren and 1 soon to be great grandchild. He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Lee) of Paoli, Indiana; his brother, Jack of St. Petersburg, FL; and sister, Beth (Marvin) Nelsen of Sioux Falls, SD.
On-line condolences may be left at Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home.