Jeff Peterson

Honoring a Hero, a Leader and a Champion for Others.

Jeff Peterson
Former President of The Unland Companies.

As the Unland family, his immediate family and friends mourn the passing of H. Jeff Peterson, we take time to reflect on his great accomplishments and the wonderful person he was. 

Born May 5, 1945, in Webster City, Iowa, to Howard Julius and Marcelle (Doty) Peterson, he married Jill A. Harrison on Aug. 10, 1968, at Collegiate Methodist Church in Ames, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, H. Justin Peterson of Charlotte, N.C., and H. Jay Peterson of Tallahassee, Fla.; two grandchildren, Hayes J. Peterson and Joslyn N. Peterson; one brother, Greg (Vicki) Peterson of Phoenix, Ariz.; his brother-in-law, Ross (Jani) Harrison of Adel, Iowa; and his nieces and nephews, Grant (Lindsay) Peterson, Sina (Jordan) Latva, Amy (Brian) Sieman, Matt (Heather) Harrison and Casey (Abbie) Harrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Todd Harrison.
Jeff was a 1967 graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran, serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the Vietnam War. He continued on with the Marine Reserves in Peoria for a time, attaining the rank of Captain.

Jeff began his career as a marketing representative with the Aetna in 1967, first in Des Moines, Iowa, and then in Springfield, Illinois. In 1975, he came to work for James Unland & Company, where he was promoted to President in 1986. He retired from the Unland Companies on Jan. 1, 2011. Jeff continued to take great interest in the company and the industry in his retirement.

Jeff was a member of the Pekin Chapter of the American Business Club and a past chairman of the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament for many years. He also was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Tazewell County Sheriff Merit Commission and had served on the American Red Cross Board of Directors. He was a past president of the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce and a past regional director with the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois. An avid golfer, he was a member of Pekin Country Club and enjoyed playing in the Tuesday Night League. He also enjoyed traveling with family and dear friends. He loved fishing with his sons and grandchildren.
He was of the Methodist faith. We will all greatly miss Jeff.

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