Douglas Peterson

Douglas “Doug” Peterson, 75, of River Forest, died on Nov. 24, 2017 at Loyola Hospital after a five-year battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  Born on Dec. 7, 1941, he lived on the Northwest Side of Chicago, attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School, Notre Dame High School in Niles, and was a graduate of Marquette University. 

At Marquette, he joined the NROTC and upon graduation was commissioned as an ensign. He served two years’ active duty stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. After completing his naval service with the rank of lieutenant, he went to work for Allstate Insurance, first as an agent and later in the management program. He left Allstate in 1977 and joined CNA Insurance in Chicago as Midwest Region Sales Manager. In 1982, he founded Peterson Insurance Agency in Oak Park (now Peterson and Associates Insurance) and, in 2011, the agency relocated to Western Springs. He was an active member of St. Giles Parish and the Forest Park Kiwanis.  

Doug Peterson was the husband of Luanne; father of Scott, Craig (Heather), Mary (Kevin) Gibbons and Anne Sullivan; grandfather of Grace, Thomas, Matthew, Ryan and Owen Peterson and Clare, Patrick, Timothy and Edmund Gibbons and Joseph, Sean and Colin Sullivan; sibling of Diane (Richard) Fox, Susan (Walter) Hutt, Gary (the late Janice) Peterson, Kathleen (Richard) Kowalczyk, and the late David (Barbara) Peterson; brother-in-law to Mary Phillips and Margaret (the late Tom) Kenny; and uncle and friend to many.  

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Oak Park’s St. Giles Church, 1045 Columbian Ave., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a memorial Mass at 11:30 a.m. Inurnment is private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates contributions in his memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( 

Arrangements were handled by Zimmerman Harnett Funeral Home.