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Eric Petersen-Brant

Eric Nels Petersen-Brant

Sunday, August 18th, 1963 - Friday, May 15th, 2020
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Eric Petersen-Brant, 56, of Dubuque died at home on the afternoon of Friday, May 15, 2020. An avid cyclist, talented artist, ultimate wonderer, organic gardener, jack-of-all-trades, and innate philosopher, Eric embraced life and all that it had to offer. Each new day and through every struggle, he took on the world with a positive DFA attitude, an example of living that had an immeasurable impact on those in his life. He passed at home in the arms of his love on the most beautiful of days with the warm sun and the sounds of dozens of songbirds streaming in through the windows.
Eric was born August 18, 1963 in Lincoln, Nebraska, son of Dean and Marie (Bolin) Petersen. He graduated from Lincoln East (1981), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1994), and soaked up knowledge continually throughout his entire life. On August 23, 2014 he married Jenni Brant at Eagle Point Park, Dubuque, followed by a celebration of love, live music, and fireworks in Kieler, Wisconsin.
Eric passed due to complications from his 3-year battle with inoperable lung cancer. Early on in facing the disease, he wrote words to share with all of those he loved and all that loved him if he should lose the fight:
“I love all of you dearly. It is unfortunate that we were unable to stop this disease (which must be the case if you are hearing this) but each of us will one day face death on our own. Do not fear death – it is as natural as life itself, and it is our culture that makes us think the sun is ‘going down’ rather than our spot on earth just spinning away for a few hours. Face the unknown and all things with love & compassion, fearlessly with courage in your heart. Tread lightly on the earth, treat each other and all creatures well. Contemplate the wonder of nature and cherish the fragility of the moment. Try to see yourself in the other person and imagine their perspective, and leave some of the mysterious uninvestigated with a sense of wonder and quiet humility. Help each other and the small and weak, freely without desire for recognition. Be kind to one another. Don’t be surprised if you think you recognize my glance from the eyes of a small bird. Peace.”
He is survived by his wife, Jenni of Dubuque; their feline children Georgia Lee and Claire Bear; three siblings Judi (Jim Starita) Olivetti of Lincoln, Mark (Mary) Petersen of Lincoln and Shirley (Greg) Wall of Port Orchard, Washington; mother and father-in-law Joe and Deb (Kane) Brant of Cuba City, Wisconsin; brother in-law Travis Brant of Dubuque; and nieces and nephews.
The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. A celebration of Eric’s life and magical unicorn spirit will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Magical Unicorn Memorial Fund, c/o Premier Bank, 2625 NW Arterial, Dubuque, IA, 52002, Dubuque, IA. Funds will be used to support causes Eric championed that help kids gain better access to making music, creating art, and riding bikes.
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Jonathan Baker

Posted at 06:15pm
The world should miss Eric. He was amazing. Eric was a talented artist, a shredding guitar player, wild as anyone you have ever met yet as calm and peaceful as the wind. He was the type of person that had it all. Ultra talented in anything he tried yet he preferred doing what was ringing his bell at the moment. In my group of friends he was known as "Little EP". I was Eric's neighbor for a number of years when we were on the loose. He laughed like no one else and you couldn't help laughing with him. He was very creatively funny and eccentric to an epic point. He seemed to me to be truly free. I looked up to him for that. I will miss knowing that he is around to infect and influence others. He was one of a kind.

Michael Sterns

Posted at 08:30pm
My condolences to Jenni and the entire family. I went to school with Eric K-12, Cubs scouts together although I don't recall our paths crossing regularly after Eastridge Elementary school, I do have a memory from about 5th or 6th grade. The class was asked to write a short story. 4-5 of the stories were selected to be "published". Mine was chosen, but I needed illustrations and I asked Eric to illustrate my story. It may have been his first time being "hired" to show off his artistic talent. Peace be with you. Mike Sterns, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Michael Sterns

Posted at 08:28pm
My condolences to Jenni and the entire family. I went to school with Eric K-12, Cubs scouts together although I don't recall our paths crossing regularly after Eastridge Elementary school, I do have a memory from about 5th or 6th grade. The class was asked to write a short story. 4-5 of the stories were selected to be "published". Mine was chosen, but I needed illustrations and I asked Eric to illustrate my story. It may have been his first time being "hired" to show off his artistic talent. Peace be with you. Mike Sterns, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Michael Sterns

Posted at 08:27pm
My condolences to Jenni and the entire family. I went to school with Eric K-12, Cubs scouts together although I don't recall our paths crossing regularly after Eastridge Elementary school, I do have a memory from about 5th or 6th grade. The class was asked to write a short story. 4-5 of the stories were selected to be "published". Mine was chosen, but I needed illustrations and I asked Eric to illustrate my story. It may have been his first time being "hired" to show off his artistic talent. Peace be with you. Mike Sterns, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Michael Sterns

Posted at 08:26pm
My condolences to Jenni and the entire family. I went to school with Eric K-12, Cubs scouts together although I don't recall our paths crossing regularly after Eastridge Elementary school, I do have a memory from about 5th or 6th grade. The class was asked to write a short story. 4-5 of the stories were selected to be "published". Mine was chosen, but I needed illustrations and I asked Eric to illustrate my story. It may have been his first time being "hired" to show off his artistic talent. Peace be with you. Mike Sterns, Lincoln, Nebraska.
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