Ian Phillip Petersen

Feb 17, 1987 - Jan 22, 2014


Ian Phillip Petersen, beloved son of Jennifer and Phillip Petersen and brother of Gwendolyn Petersen. Born on February 17th, 1987 and passed away on January 22nd, 2014 at the age of 26. Ian was born in Sacramento, California, where he lived all of his short life except for serving his country honorably in 2007 and 2008 while fighting in Iraq during “Iraqi Freedom”. Ian was an avid golfer and A’s fan who loved to be outdoors snowboarding and riding his motorcycle. He will forever be remembered by all his family and friends. Ian will be laid to rest on Friday, January 31st, 2014 at East Lawn Elk Grove Cemetery following the funeral service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, California. The funeral service will take place at 2:00PM with the committal service to follow.


  • John & Carla Monday says:

    Our prayers and sympathies are with the Petersen family during this sad time. Ian was a special young man and made us all especially proud with his selfless patriotism. I will carry a special bond with Ian all of my days and his infectious smile and charisma will be always cherished by the Monday family–God bless his soul

  • Carthan Davis and Family says:

    Phil & Jennifer. Our hearts are so heavy right now. We will miss Ian so much. We already do. I remember my last conversation with him. He had that beautiful hopeful smile that gave me comfort. Brandon is overcome with grief knowing his dear friend and fellow military comrade is gone and he will not be able to come to California for the services. Ian was our son (from another mother). He called me “Mom” when he was in our home. Oh, how we will miss him. Please know that you guys raised a loving, kind, brave and well-mannered son. Our prayers and hearts are with you. May the peace of God comfort you always.

  • The ferrin family says:

    Your family is in our prayers. May God’s love surround you and keep you through this time of great sorrow. Jimr, Lisa, Andrew and Sarah Ferrin

  • Jen Magdaleno says:

    Jenny, Phil, and Gwen: I have the best and fondest memories of spending time with your family. From BBQ’s to Christmas parties to singing tours to Gloria Dei church services; all of those times were even more joyous because of Ian’s wide smile and infectious laughter. one of my favorite memeories of him was riding together in Kathleen Flint’s minivan for lengthy stretch of the trip on singing tour. Since there was never anything but show tunes playing in that car, Ian made the best of it and started signing right along with us, LOUDLY! He always knew how to join in the fun, and was such a positive light to be around. There’s no way to express how sorry I am for your loss, but I will continue praying right along-side the rest of your friends and family for God’s overwhelming peace to come over you during this time of mourning. He left us too early, but God be glorified that he is up in heaven watching over us now.

  • Teri and Shelvy Huffman says:

    Phil, Jenny, and Sweet Gwen, Our Lord tells us to Weep with those who weep and to Rejoice with those who rejoice. I am blessed to say we have spent many years rejoicing with the Petersen family! At the birth of your two beautiful children, (causing us all to consider having more!)at the many delightful days and years seeing them at Gloria Dei, and just knowing you all as a wonderful fun and happy family has brought much laughter and joy to us!! “Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5 We are praying for you all both day and night! Asking Him that your weeping will soon be turned to joy! We will see you at the service tomorrow. Our prayers will continue throughout the year for you, all our love, The Huffmans

  • Alan Feddersen says:

    Dear Jenny, Gwen and Phil, My heartfelt condolences upon your loss of Ian. I remember Ian as a little boy at Gloria Dei. Even as a young man such life must be difficult to surrender albeit at our Lord’s behest. May your lives be filled and comforted with warm memories of his life and his sure promise of the Resurrection in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • Jim Hoover says:

    Sadly, another American hero has departed this life far too soon, and will be greatly missed by family and friends. I offer to them my heartfelt condolences, and trust God will grant them the comfort they seek in the days ahead. I want to thank Ian Phillip Petersen for taking a stand for freedom…thank you for reminding us there is a higher calling; America is a great nation because of patriots like you. Jim Hoover California State Rep Combat Vets Association “You walked with me And I with you I saw you fall And never rise again… ..from now on, forever more YOU ARE MY BROTHER”

  • Kimberly Quesada Honeck says:

    Dear Mr. P, Jenny & Gwen, I’m so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Ian from my childhood! I can’t remember a practice or game where we didn’t have that little blondie running around and cheering for us! He was the first kid that I ever babysat and we sure had fun! He was a sweet soul and I hope that he finds the peace he so greatly deserves. Love you guys, Kimbo & Family

  • Tracy & Patrick Garvey says:

    You join an elite troop of men who have served your country well. May you rest in peace and may your family rest knowing you are in a better place.

  • Jillian (Lindroth) Scannell says:

    Mr. P and Family, Ian was always such a great guy to be around! Many of us from Gloria Dei share really fond memories of Ian and his shining personality. He was always there when you needed a smile. Laughter was pretty much infectious when you were around him. May God be with you during these tough times, and you will be in my prayers.

  • Kimberly Paul (Evans) says:

    Coach Phil, I am so deeply moved to hear of the loss of your son. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Amy Flink says:

    Petersen family, we are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy. Always Amy Flink and Xander.

  • Laurie George says:

    Memories are the precious treasures that we hold close to our hearts, so we can always remember our loved ones. May God bless you and comfort you during this time. My Deepest Sympathy.

  • Jennifer (Micone) and Darren Hall says:

    Phil, Jenny, and Gwen, There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your family. Our hearts are heavy and there is nothing we can say to take away your pain. We pray you are comforted by knowing Jesus is with you. We are praying and thinking of you. Gwen you are very special to us, we think of you as part of our family. We love you very much. Please let us know if we can do anything for you and your family. Love, Jenny, Darren and boys

  • Njeri Griffin says:

    To the Petersen Family. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ian. I will keep your family in my prayers. May the Lord bless you and comfort you in this difficult time. -Njeri

  • Barry Haak says:

    To Phil, Jenny, & Gwen, When I heard the news of Ian’s passing I was overwhelmed with sadness for your loss and ours as well. But as I thought of Ian, I could not think of anything else but pride, joy, and thankfulness for him being a part of our lives. I have such fond memories of coaching him and having him as a student. When we arrive in heaven to join him, I’m sure he’ll have a tee time reserved for us! We commit him to God’s eternal grace and loving arms. God’s blessings upon you all. Love, Barry & Gail Haak

  • Kristi Quesada Mathisen and family says:

    Phil, Jenny, and Gwen, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very painful time. We hope that you are filled with the warmth of your memories, the love of your family and friends, and the grace of our Lord, as he welcomes Ian home and holds you in his hands here on earth. I will forever remember holding Ian for the first time, babysitting him as a young rascal, and listening with pride to your stories of his bravery and sacrifice. May he rest in peace with the pain of this world behind him.

  • Faith Thomas says:

    Dear Phil and Jenny and Gwen – I am so sorry for your loss. I don’t know what else to say, other than that I’m holding your whole family up in prayer. May God be with you all. Please contact me if there is anything I can help you with. Faith

  • Jenny (Haak) Fortuna says:

    Dear Phil, Jenny, and Gwen ~ We are deeply saddened by your loss. May the Lord surround you with the comfort and peace only He can give.

  • Lindsey Carrera says:

    My heart goes out to Ians family. I went to school with Ian for kindergarden through high school. we weren’t close but he was always a part of childhood. Ian, you will be missed and remembered.

  • Terri Jellesed says:

    Jenny, Phil & Gwen: I can’t imagine the pain you’re feeling, but please know we (your Gloria Dei family) grieve with you and hold you in our prayers. I’d like to think Ian is wrapped in a hug in Jesus’ arms.

  • Clarinda Fong says:

    We continue to pray for God’s peace and comfort for you and your loved ones. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrew 13:5)

  • Fr. Matthew Howell says:

    Dear Phil, Jenny, and Gwen, My deepest love, sympathy, and prayers go out to you all. May you find comfort in God’s love, and may Ian’s memory be eternal. Love in Christ, Fr. Matthew Howell Gloria Dei ’98

  • Tonya Buchanan says:

    Phil, Jenny and Gwen, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Ian as that energentic 4th grader in my class with a bright smile who loved people and building with legos on rainy days. My prayers and love are with your family. “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

  • shirley & Fil Cardella says:

    There just are no words. We cannot fathom your pain. We still see Ian in our minds as a little boy. We have been praying for God to surround you with comfort and His peace. While you miss your boy in this world, rest on the promise that we will see him in the next. We are so very sorry for your loss sorry.

  • Rick Quesada says:

    Phil, Jenny & Gwen, We are all so sad to hear of Ian’s passing. He remember him as that blonde-haired little guy running around Gloria Dei. He will always be in our hearts and you are all in our prayers. Rest in peace our wounded warrior. Love Rick & Sandy Quesada (ricksada)

  • Denise Curtis says:

    Ian will be greatly missed. I pray for comfort at this time for Ian’s family and friends.I will always remember him as that really cute Gloria Dei student.

  • Cal and Debby Saunders says:

    Our sympathy and prayers go out to you Phil, Jenny and Gwen.

  • Adam Morris and Family says:

    Our sympathy and love goes out to you Phil, Jenny, and Gwen. We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and in our prayers. Ian was one of the most funniest and nicest kids I knew; and he was so much like his dad in a lot of ways too. We will truly miss you Ian! Rest In Peace buddy!

  • Brad & Liz Miller says:

    Phil, Jenny, & Gwen: Our hearts go out to you, and we have been holding you up in prayer. We are thankful for the delightful times we had with Ian and the joy of watching him grow up with our kids. We can’t imagine your pain, but pray for the Lord to wrap His arms around you and comfort you as only He can do, and that “the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

  • Talibah Sun says:

    Talibah, Makini, Adisa and Kafele send our condolences to the Petersen family and our Gloria Dei family. “I have made death a messenger of joy..wherefore dost thou grieve”

  • Abigail Burke says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Abby (Hesser) and Jon Burke

  • Whitney Rhoda says:

    My sympathy and love goes out to the Petersen family. Stay strong. I only knew Ian for a couple of years, but he was always one of the funniest kids I ever knew. Ian, you will be missed!

  • Hal and Bonnie Weber says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

  • Robert and Terry Bradley says:

    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

  • Randy, Paula, and Kyle Smith says:

    Your family is in our prayers.

  • The Pinasco family says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ed and Darice Bailey says:

    You are all in our prayers. Ed, Darice and Caitlyn Bailey

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