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David Pettinger

April 19, 1967 — February 23, 2023

Family and friends please join us in celebrating the life of David M. Pettinger (55), of Atlantic, IA.

David, fondly known as Dave, passed away on February 23, 2023 surrounded by love and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M., Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Anita Community Center, 805 Main Street, Anita, Iowa 50020. Memorial Contributions may be directed to the family, in David’s name, to be established. Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center assisted with arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared online at

Dave was a “one of a kind” human who lived life to the fullest. A jack of all trades, he was an actor, comedian, cowboy, teacher, dreamer, entrepreneur, welder, lifelong learner, traveler and so much more. He could (and often would) spend hours entertaining people with stories of his many life adventures. Dave enjoyed reading, listening to audio books, singing, telling jokes, playing cards, going for walks with the dogs and spending time with those he loved.

Dave is survived by Jana Pettinger; children Chrystal (Mark) Parsley, Maria Pettinger (Sam Lenz), Magdelene Pettinger (Terence Kiley), Sophie Pettinger; three grandchildren, Elsie, Emmie and Marlee Parsley; twelve grand(fur)babies, Precious, Lakota, Gypsy, Boris, Pearl, Chester, Lucifer, Hikauru, Kauru, Ebony, Chompski and Clyde; (Fur)babies, Ty and Harvey; parents Constance and Bernard Pettinger; siblings Paul Pettinger (Matt Hiatt), Mark (Kathy) Pettinger, Kathy (Dan) Dobill, Kim (Matt) Clinton and Amy Pettinger (Clint Davis); in-laws Rochelle (Chris) Plante, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his (fur)babies Annie, Duke, Molly, TwinkleToes, Milo, Missy, Sinbad, Copper, Beanie, Holly, Chopper and Chewy.

Dave’s family would like to especially thank Fred and Bonnie Boswell for all the unconditional love and care they gave him as he prepared for his next life.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of David Pettinger, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 18, 2023

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Anita Community Center

805 Main Street, Anita, IA 50020

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