David Pedersen passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 7, 2020. He was at home, surrounded by his family.
David was born in Chicago, IL in 1939. He grew up there with his parents, Martha and Carroll and his brother, Paul. He is survived by his wife, Janet, his brother Paul, his children Martha and Paul, and his grandchildren Conrad and Mila. David and Janet were married for 53 years.
David graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois in 1961. He attained his Master’s of Arts degree in geology from Iowa State University in 1963 and his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in geology from Louisiana State University in 1970.
After graduate school, David began a long life full of travel and adventure. David’s career in oil and gas included work with Atlantic Richfield Company and as a consultant in oil and gas exploration in many countries throughout the world.
In 1999, David retired and he and Janet moved to Naples, FL. As soon as they moved to Naples they joined Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where David was an active member. David was a life-long Lutheran and had a strong faith, which gave him strength and solace throughout his life.
David enjoyed many activities over the years including sailing, running, tennis and golf. He had a great love of music and art and loved to paint. His oil paintings are wonderful gifts that the family will treasure.
David was a wonderful, loving man who delighted in the little things in life. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew him for his enthusiasm and love for each and every day. We miss you, Dad.
A service was broadcast from Emmanuel Lutheran Church via Virtual Memorial Gatherings on Saturday, May 16th at 6:00 PM EDT.
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