Benjamin Joel Peterson
Ben Peterson
Benjamin Joel Peterson

October 3, 1996 - March 31, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa


At this time, since public gatherings have been limited to 10 people or less, there will be a private graveside service for family only at 2pm, Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Glendale Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family through a live stream link that will appear on Ben's Obituary information on our website, starting at 1:50PM, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. We also encourage friends and extended family to share their condolences and stories using the online condolences available on our website.

Benjamin Joel Peterson was doing what he was made to do — observing and delighting in creation as a field biologist for Western Ecosystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), when he was tragically killed in a helicopter crash on March 31, 2020. Ben loved and followed Jesus in everything he did, including completing surveys to further wildlife conservation. Through this grievous loss, his family looks forward to being reunited with him at the resurrection, when there will be no more sorrow, no more tears, and no more death. Until that day, he will be greatly missed by the many, many people whose lives he touched.

Ben was a bright spark in this sometimes-dark world, well-liked by all who knew him. A special person and wonderful employee, friend, brother, grandchild, and son. Ben was energetic, enthusiastic, and always eager to learn and take on new challenges. With a deep love of wildlife and the outdoors, Ben always found time for fishing, hunting, photography, and generally whatever allowed him to be out in nature.

Ben was born October 3, 1996, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Bill and Christi Peterson. He was an incredible big brother to his younger siblings, Allie of Des Moines, Mindy serving with the Navy, John of Des Moines, and Josh of Des Moines. He is also survived by his grandparents, Bill and Janice Peterson of Moorland, Iowa, and Lee and Joyce Probert of Alexandria, Minnesota, and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Given Ben’s passion for creation, a memorial to honor Ben is being established to promote conservation of wildlife and/or environmental education. The Ben Peterson Wildlife Conservation Fund will provide resources to a non-profit conservation organizations in his home state of Iowa. Please consider contributing to help further the positive impact that this young man had on the natural places and resources of Iowa, conserving natural places Ben loved and educating future nature enthusiasts. Ben believed deeply in the peace and solace that could be found in the natural world - it is our sincere hope that this fund will provide meaningful comfort and value both in these trying times and into the future. We are sincerely grateful for any support you are able to provide.

If you would like to contribute, please send donations to Ben Peterson Wildlife Conservation Fund c/o 1st National Bank 301- 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265.

A service for all will be announced at a later date.

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Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel







Ben Peterson Wildlife Conservation Fund
c/o 1st National Bank 301 - 5th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa United States 50265