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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

Peterson, Garrett
Garrett Douglas Peterson, 37, of Wausau, passed away suddenly due to a snowmobile accident, on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Garrett was born in Marinette, Wisconsin to Douglas and Susan (Williamson) Peterson. He met, fell in love and married Jamie Heise on May 7, 2011. Together they had two amazing children, Griffin and Hazel. Garrett was a very loving son, brother, father, husband and friend. He was always happy and had the best sense of humor. He had a smile that lit up the room and was loved by everyone that met him. Garrett had a true love of the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman, but most important to him were his family and friends. He was a very proud daddy and loved tremendously by his children. He enjoyed coaching and cultivating Griffin’s love for all sports. Garrett took great pride in his special relationship with Hazel, the apple of his eye. Garrett was a true partner to Jamie in every sense of the word and always knew the perfect way to make her smile. He enjoyed being at and helping his dad work on the cabin and made sure that he talked with his mom every day.

Garrett is survived by his wife and children, Jamie, Griffin and Hazel; his parents, Douglas and Susan and his sister, Courtney Peterson. Garrett is further survived by his Father and Mother-In-Law, Edward and Charlene Heise; his three sisters-in-law, Erika (Jon) Carlson and Laura and Christine Heise; as well as many beloved extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Muriel Peterson; maternal grandparents, James and Jean Williamson; as well as his uncles, Melvin and Kevin Peterson.

Funeral services will take place at 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson, Weston, Wisconsin. The Rev. Raymond Connor will officiate. Visitation will take place from 1:00 pm until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a trust fund to be set up for both Griffin and Hazel.

Garrett will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank all of their family and friends for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and ask that we all hold our wonderful memories close and keep his spirit alive.

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  1. Lisa Loyd Hooper

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Susan, Doug, and Courtney,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I am thinking about all of you and praying for you.

    All my love,

  2. Errol Neider

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    To the Peterson and Heise Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Garrett brought joy to all who were lucky enough to know him.
    May your memories and your faith give you strength in honoring Garrett throughout your lives.

    Prayers for all of you.
    With love,
    Errol Neider

  3. Sharie Merline

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Sorry to hear of this tragic painful loss. My thoughts & prayers to the Peterson family & Heise family. May God hold you and comfort you during this difficult time- Sharie {Pillath} Merline

  4. Sue Szczepanski

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Words can’t express the sadness we feel for your family at the loss of Garrett. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Love, Sue and Terry

  5. Joe Stodola

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Jamie, Sue, Doug, Courtney, Griffen and Hazel,
    The Family,
    My deepest thoughts of sorrow,
    I grant you all my courage and prayers.
    Sincerely, Joseph. Stodola

  6. Gloria Grubb

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Garrett was truly an amazing man – his smile and Good Morning, Glo ! would always brighten my day – I feel very blessed to have known him – his family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.


  7. Annette Toepfer

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I wanted to reach out and express my heartfelt condolences over the loss of your loved one. I also have recently experienced a loss of my beautiful husband of 30 years.

    Our family was comforted by the scriptures that explain the condition of the dead. Jesus likened it to sleep. And we look forward to the promised earthly resurrection when God makes “all things new”. I found the scripture in Revelation 21:4 to be very comforting: “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away…” This verse felt like a warm hug to my heart; perhaps it may help you too.

    You may find additional comforting verses in a recent article I found helpful in managing my own feelings of sadness and loss. The article is in entitled, “When a Loved One Dies” found on Here is the link:

  8. Jody Langford

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I’m so saddened by your tragic loss. My heart breaks for his many loved ones. Sending my deepest condolences.

  9. Larry & Lynn Van Hoof

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    To all of Garrett’s loved ones… We send our deepest sympathy for the loss of Garrett, such a great young man. Our family has so many great memories of fun times that we shared with all of you. We will miss Garrett, his smile and loving spirit. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers now and always. Love Larry and Lynn VanHoof (Heather, Jody and Lance)


    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    My heart goes out to the Peterson family. I had the greatest pleasure of working with Garrett and will miss the laughs and joy he brought to our department. I am so saddened for the loss of your family member. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Jeremy and Theresa Kaus

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    We are so sorry for this tragic event and the loss of a great man. We will never know why the Lord decides to take our loved ones when we still need them in life but trust that he does have a plan and he will care for you all. We are continually thinking about and praying for your family. God bless.

  12. Jim Seewald

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Sorry for your loss. At a loss for words but I truly feel sad. God Bless.

  13. Debra

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    So very sorry for your loss, may this scripture provide comfort for you and your family.

    Isaiah 26:19 – Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning, And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.

  14. Joe Shubat Family

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Our deep condolences to the Garrett Peterson families. Such a wonderful young man who always had a smile for everyone. He will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love to all
    Joe and Theresa Shubat

  15. Jessie Schwade

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Jamie – I am so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your dear children and your family. I hope that memories of your life together will sustain you in this time of sorrow.

    Fondly, Jessie Schwade (Northwestern Mutual Health Clinic)

  16. Sandra Hipke-Shepard

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Our sympathy and prayers are with all of you.
    God, give this family strength and lighten their hearts , Amen

  17. Leigh (Jashinsky) McGough

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    We are so incredably saddened by your loss. There are no words to provide comfort at a time like this. We are praying for your whole family. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do.

    Leigh (Jashinsky) McGough

  18. Gina Mongin

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Garrett. Sending thoughts & prayers to all of Garrett’s family during this difficult time. I’ve tried to come me up with the right words to say & know that there are no right words to say at this time. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts & prayers.

  19. alfredo m diaz

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Doug and Susan, my deepest condolences for the lost of Garret, a certainly great son, father and friend. The Lord be with him as being call to soon. My prayers and thoughts are with you + all family and friends.

    With love,

    Alfredo Diaz

  20. Wayne and Dianne Williamson

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Wayne and Dianne Williamson

  21. Stacie Witt

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    My sincere condolences. No one deserves to join this club of losing a child or loved one so soon. I understand your loss is so very devastating. Garrett will always be with you, I have learned this in my life. Celebrate his life the best you can because he was a true gift from God. Love you all! God bless you Garrett and your beautiful family!

  22. steve

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Steve and Bev Richer

  23. Keith Rhode

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Condolences & Prayers go out to Garrett Family and to Doug and Sue

  24. Brandon & Niki Kasal

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    We are sadden to see the loss of Garrett. Time is priceless when it comes to losing someone unexpectedly. We are sorry for this lose of a husband, father and son. Hold on to the wonderful memories and expressions of love that Garrett extended to you while he was here. Your family is in our prayers for comfort during this time.

  25. Danny & Rhonda

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Jamie, Doug, Susan, Courtney & Family

    There are no words to express how Rhonda and I feel about this tragic loss of Garrett. He was like a son to us and we loved him so much. We always looked forward to seeing him at Hagerman Lake. He would always let us know when he was coming up and wanted to know if we were going to be there. We got to talk about Doug (smile). Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. If there is anything you need from us please let us know.

  26. Marni (witt) Sims

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    My heart aches for all of you! I pray that god may give you strength and somehow hold you in his arms so tightly that you my feel comfort! Such an infectious smile Garrett!!!

  27. Mary and Dave Argall

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    To know Garrett was to love Garrett. Will always think of him with that big smile. Dave and I send our deepest sympathy to all.

  28. Marni (Witt) Sims

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    My heart aches for all of you! I pray that god may give you strength and somehow comfort you! Such an infectious smile Garrett!!!

  29. Betsy Bannier

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I am so sorry. Love and prayers to your family.

  30. Paula and Larry Seewald

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    No words seem enough to express how heartbroken we are for you all. Garrett left his mark on many hearts. God Bless

  31. Emily & Jesse Seewald

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Mr & Mrs Peterson; Courtney; Jaime, Hazel, & Griffin,
    I can’t find words to express my sympathy or to help heal your pain, but know that we are praying for you. May God help you find the strength needed in navigating the upcoming days, weeks, & months, & help you find comfort & peace. Know that you are loved by many, as was Garrett. Garrett’s kind spirit, positive energy, & contagious smile will always be remembered. He is safe at home with the Lord & always watching over you. God bless.

  32. Maree Inghram

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family. I first met Garrett in high school seeing that our schools were rivals. Then we both continued our education at UW-Marinette and were involved in sports. We became good friends and sadly lost touch after graduation. He was one of the kindest, honest, funny people I knew. He always wanted to make you laugh and he always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

  33. Donna white

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Your hearts must be breaking. So sorry for our loss. Sympathies to all the loved ones.

    Donna White

  34. Lorie and Toby Karban

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Our deepest condolences to all of Garrett’s family and friends
    I feel truly blessed to have known such a great young man. Whenever he came to the office to help out Doug or Susan or anyone else Garrett always had a smile. He even had a smile when he was sent down because he got in a little trouble. He was just that kid that you couldn’t help but love. Even after graduating from high school Garrett would call daily and ask, “Can I to talk to my mommy or daddy?” Some days he would try to disguise his voice from me, but I knew it was Garrett. I actually looked forward to his calls as well as he made me smile and I missed them after Doug and Susan retired.
    We all are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Remember that wonderful smile and personality of his that has brought so many of us great memories we will always treasure. God Bless – with prayers.

  35. Jill Herbst

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    My heart hurts for all of Garrett’s family who truly loved him. I am so very sorry! I worked with Garret and I will always remember him for his bright personality and amazing smile. God’s Blessings to all of you.

  36. Gene & Jan Chapman

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Words cannot express our sorrow and sympathy. We’ll always remember Garrett’s big smile and boundless energy. God bless!

  37. Valerie Jashinsky

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Doug, Sue, Courtney and oh so beautiful family
    I can not imagine your loss… God has blessed your family with 37 years of Garrett, memories of your creation. I am sure there are so many, many lives that Garrett touched and enhanced in such a positive way and even though it is hard when god calls them home… we are better souls because of their impact in our lives. My god hold you close. I will remember Garrett’s beautiful smile, he always had a smile! ❤️

  38. Nikkie Kinziger

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I simply have no words for your devastation. I will be thinking of and praying for you all. With my deepest sympathy…. Fondly, Nikkie Kinziger

  39. Shalyn Vanderbloemen

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I’m so devastated by this tragic event! You are all in my thoughts and prayers!
    With love

  40. Jen Barth

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I cannot imagine the grief you feel…
    Our hearts go out to you and the kids
    Please let me know if I can help in anyway;
    Watch kids, pick up Griff from school or pick up groceries anything.
    We are here for you
    The Barths

  41. Mary & Richard Ziemer

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Jamie, Susan, Doug, Courtney, Family and friends, There are no words great enough to express our Very Deepest Sympathy. May our Lord Jesus Christ wrap you in His arms for comfort, strength, healing and peace. You are all in our Prayers.
    In Love and Sympathy.

  42. Joan Tackmier Hannan

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    So sorry for your loss of your Husband,father to your beautiful children and son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
    Del & Joan Tackmier Hannan.

  43. Mark & Lisa Olcott

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    May you know we and the Coleman community are holding you all up in prayer. Garrett was a exceptional son, husband and father. He will truly be missed by many but never forgotten.

  44. Kristen Broderick

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always remember Garrett as a wonderful person who cared about everyone with great kindness towards all. I always enjoyed his vivaciousness, positive energy, and winning smile.
    With much love to you all—
    David, Kris, and Andrew

  45. Jimbo McCarthy & Patti

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    To Family and Friends of Garrett< He will be truly missed on Hagerman Lake!!! What a TRULY GREAT person. Always a big Smile, always a big hello,and always asked how everyone is doing. Enjoyed spending time with him…talking fish story's… No words can ever express how sorry we are for OUR loss. The world needs more like him!!!!

  46. Donna Pavlac

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Garrett at Marshfield Clinic. He was a genuine person with an amazing sense of humor. His love for his family was first and foremost. It was evident in every story he shared. One of his stories I enjoyed most was how he and Jamie met at State Fair. For him it was love at first sight. My heart goes out to all of you.

  47. Lynn M Burke

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    My dear sweet Jamie…
    I can only offer you hugs of angels to hold you and your sweet children tight.
    There are no words of comfort or peace, no words to heal your broken hearts.
    Just know you are loved.

  48. Joe and Wanda McCarthy

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are sent to Garrett’s family, during this difficult time. You all have our deepest sympathy.

  49. Max Brosig

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Peterson family, but most importantly Jaime, Hazel, and Griffin. My words will never heal your hurt, but know your dad and husband is with God and will always watch over you. I remember Garrett always hanging around football practice. I even took him trick or treating once. Had to go to every house. I know he went to a couple twice!
    God bless you all.

  50. Mary and Tom Nelson

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Jamie, Griffin, Hazel, Doug, Susan, Courtney and Family,

    Words can’t express how saddened we were to hear of your loss. You have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds. Through us, they live on. Please accept our deepest condolences….Garrett will not be forgotten.

    Love and Prayers,
    Mary and Tom Nelson

  51. Angela Andrew

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Jamie,Douglas, Susan and Courtney , I am so very sorry for your loss of Garrett. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you tightly in his arms and give you comfort and strength in the coming days. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

  52. Denny Fiedorowicz

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss, you have our sincerest sympathy. Our loving thoughts will be with you.
    Denny & Myra Fiedorowicz

  53. Beth Lehner

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    We have been reminiscing about what a fun, energetic, friendly person Garrett was. Griffin and Hazel carry on his incredible spirit. We are truly sorry for this loss, and we’re sending all our love. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Beth, Tom, Ben and Lauren Lehner

  54. Mary Arcand

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Dear Peterson Family,
    Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Garrett was a wonderful young man and will be very missed by all of us here in the UP.
    Dave and Mary Arcand

  55. Sheri Meyers

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Jamie and the kids. I worked with Garrett at Aspirus, he always had a smile on his face and would certainly make the day entertaining. Gone to soon.

    Sheri Meyers

  56. Mr & Mrs Edwards

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    Caring thoughts are with you at this difficult time of grievance. May our comforting God be by your side during each and every day. I would like to offer my sincere condolences. For more information go to

  57. Steven Schuster

    01/15/2018 at 7:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Garrett’s passing, I worked with him at Aspirus. He was a very kind, compassionate Man. He always had a smile and a kind word. A good person taken too soon.

    Your in my prayers.

    Steven Schuster
    Madison, WI.