Irv “IJ” Peterson

Irv “IJ” Peterson, 71, of Harpers Ferry passed away at his home January 3, 2022. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 29 at The Spillway in Harpers Ferry from 1-4 p.m. Memorial donations may be directed to the family.

Irv John Peterson was born December 3, 1950 to Irving and Donna (Aldrich) Peterson in Waterloo. IJ attended East High School in Waterloo. He was united in marriage to Sylvia Darlyne Shepard July 2, 1968 in Kirksville, MO.

IJ worked at John Deere for 29 years. He served on the safety committee at John Deere for many years. He was also a member of the UAW Local 838. IJ enjoyed golfing, fishing and spending time with friends at the local hangout. But most importantly, he loved spending time with his family.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 53 years, Darlyne; his daughters, Shawn Kiley (Jim) and Buffy (Jason) McGeough, both of Harpers Ferry; four grandchildren, Wyatt (Ainsly) and Johnathan Kiley, Shelby Shupe and Levi McGeough; two great-grandchildren, Jaxsyn and Owen Bunts; his siblings, Ron (Patty) Fike, Joyce (Ron) Davis and Steve (Mary) Peterson, all from Waterloo; along with many nieces, nephews and many other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents,  Irving “Pete” and Donna Peterson; and his brother, Terry Fike.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at under Obituaries.