History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

On October 1, 1946 Willard and Georgia Peterson moved from Iowa Falls to Indianola, Iowa and purchased Orr Funeral Home.  Willard had previously served his country in the United States Army and worked for a funeral home in Iowa Falls.  Willard and Georgia teamed together to operate their new business, Willard as the Funeral Director and Georgia as a Beautician.  They raised their family of three children, Jon, Barbro and Norton, in the top two floors of the funeral home which was a necessity.  In the days of no cell phones (or even beepers) someone was always next to the business phone.  Willard and Georgia operated their funeral home for nearly 50 years until Willard retired from the family business in 1995.  Son, Jon Peterson had since graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science and Jon and Mary Helen (Newsome) purchased Richardson Funeral Home in Carlisle from Marvin and Mary Richardson in 1974 and Arnold's Highland Park Funeral Home, 3500 6th Avenue in Des Moines, from Robert Major in 1991.  Jon now oversees all three locations with two of his four sons;  James Peterson, licensed since 1991,  and Kasey Peterson, licensed since 1995.  We are proud to be able to say that as of 2016 our family has served our communities for 70 years. 


Our Valued Staff

Willard and Georgia Peterson

Willard and Georgia Peterson, Founders

On October 1, 1946 Willard and Georgia Peterson moved from Iowa Falls to Indianola, Iowa and purchased Orr Funeral Home. Willard had previously served his country in the United States Army and worked for a funeral home in Iowa Falls. Willard and Georgia teamed together to operate their new business, Willard as the Funeral Director and Georgia as a Beautician.


Jon F. Peterson

Jon F. Peterson, Funeral Director, Owner

Jon Peterson graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science and Jon and Mary Helen (Newsome) purchased Richardson Funeral Home in Carlisle from Marvin and Mary Richardson in 1974 and Arnold's Highland Park Funeral Home, 3500 6th Avenue in Des Moines, from Robert Major in 1991. Jon now oversees all three locations with two of his four sons; James Peterson, licensed since 1991, and Kasey Peterson, licensed since 1995. We are proud to be able to say our family has served our communities for 70 years.


Kasey  Peterson

Kasey Peterson, Director

Kasey graduated from Kansas City, Kansas School of Mortuary Science in 1995 and has been a licensed funeral director in Iowa every year since 1995. Kasey is married to Angelia (Konrad) Peterson and they have 3 children together; Lillie, Charles and Fredrick.


James  Peterson

James Peterson, Director

Jim graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1991 and has been a licensed funeral director in Iowa since 1991. Jim is married to Emily (Aldrich) Peterson and they have 2 children, Isabel and Josiah.


Mr. Charles Joseph Grandstaff

Mr. Charles Joseph Grandstaff, Manager

Joe Grandstaff will start with Peterson Funeral Home on April 14, 2017.