Best Wishes

Thank you for adding your thoughts and stories remembering Peter.
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  • Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 10:56

    Carolee and I are of course sadddened by news of Pete's death, but are very glad that Pete and Eleanor chose to move to Colorado when they did. This gave us a chance to welcome them into our extended family and witness the joy they felt in being close to Pat, Rick and the boys.

    We particularly enjoyed Pete and Eleanor's company at celebrations of the Holidays and other significant occassions. It just won't be the same the next time I serve coffee to not have Pete making sure the coffee was freshly made today and hot! Since he always said that with a twinkle in his eye, that short little trademark comment of his displayed teh sly sense of humor he had and the gratefullness he felt for being included in the celebration. He will be missed.

    We hope you all find comfort and solace in yourselves and in your faith.

    All the best.

    John and Carolee Hayes

  • Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 10:20

    Dear Rick and Patricia,

    I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.


    Virginia Franklyn

  • Condolences
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 09:08

    Please accept my condolences.
    Jerry Donovan (formerly of St. Casimir's Church)

  • Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 09:07


    I never had the privilege to know Pete, but I can guess that he was a wonderful man based on what I know of Rick. You and he have raised a family to be proud of. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Tony Merschdorf

  • Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 08:25

    From Walt Johnson and all staff from the former Sioux City Auditorium:

    I was saddened to read in today's Sioux City Journal that Peter passed away. He was truly a quality person in all aspects. His work ethic at the Auditorium regarding the refrigeration of the Auditorium ice, the upgrading of a/c equipment, and overall success of all events as it related to building engineering can be attributed to his efforts.

    I personally have utilized many of Peter's skills and methods in my success as a facility manager and director of operations. He taught me to always be involved with staff and subordinates, and to take time in any given day to stop and say hello to all staff and compliment these hardworking individuals for their efforts and successes.


    Walt Johnson
    Director of Operations
    Events Facilities Department
    City of Sioux City
    Sioux City, Iowa
    27 Years with City

  • Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 07:24

    They say that everyone has their moon.

    This morning, barely one day after you left us, as the sun was burning its way back from beneath the night sky and emerging from Tampa Bay, I was walking our new dog. He’s a Cairn terrier, Dad. His name is Gus and he’s sitting on my lap as I write this. He was given up by someone who could not care for this ultra curious, energetic look-alike of Dorothy’s Toto. You remember her, don’t you? She lived out your way, just south of Iowa, the fields of dreams. She went to see the Wizard of Oz to find her way back to Kansas much the same way that hundreds and hundreds of people came to you, the Wizard of Ahs!, to fix a broken washing machine, a leaky roof, a cracked sidewalk or a stuck door and ultimately, a huge power plant complex and then an auditorium, all in need of some sort of fixing and care. You were a wizard, you know that, don’t you? You dazzled us all.

    But let me get back to my walk.

    So, I, son of the Wizard of Ahs! was walking Gus at 6:20 AM. His curiosity, Dad, is exceeded only by your own. He’s small like you but fearless and tough and smart. Also like you. The two of us had walked less than a football field from our home and were beside the docks where boats and birds cohabitate, when I looked up to see a “fingernail moon” in the January sky. Its diamond-like clarity was magnified as it reflected in the waters of the Boco Ciega.

    I stopped.

    Gus sat down and looked up at me as I declared, in the presence of the cranes and the pelicans, avians all who whose graceful flight you would admire, that from this day forward, this and all “fingernail moons” shall be known as “Peter’s Moon”.

    “Peter’s Moon!’

    So there. How do you like that? How’s that for a memorial to you, you dear, dear sweet man. “Ya”, you would have said. “Ya”.

    In all my life, I only taught you one thing, Dad. The last time I saw you, you were walking me to my van under a clear and bitter Colorado sky. I asked you if you knew where the North Star was. You looked up in your Mr. Roger’s sweater and pointed to Orion.

    “No,” I said and turned you around and pointed to Ursa Major, the “Big Bear” in Latin. I showed you how two of its stars point to the North Star in Ursa Minor, the “Little Bear”.

    “That’s,Polaris,”, I said. “The star by which peoples have navigated their way around Mother Earth for thousands of years.”

    “Ya”, you said and shook my hand and told me to drive carefully.

    I knew you weren’t comfortable with it but I hugged you anyway, as it happens, for the very last time. You were always my Big Bear and I your Little Bear.

    As I drove away from Colorado Springs north to Denver and beyond, I realized that you had your own compass, an internal astrolabe that gave you direction for your well-lived life. Come to think of it, you’d probably figure out how to “fix” the north star in the heavens for the rest of us if it ever begans to drift.

    I will hold you in my heart as long as I live, my Polaris, my North Star, my teacher and father.


    Your son,


  • Remembering
    Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 05:32

    I remember well being around both of your parents at both IC Church and Nativity Church. But what I remember most was the massive garden that your father would plant every year at the house on So. St. Aubin. I think fondly of that whenever I am in Sioux City in the summer and we drive past your house. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Sue Barrett-McClendon

  • April
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 23:35

    Rick & Pat,
    I hope the memories of many good times, much laughter, and a long life well-lived comfort you at this time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • In my Prayers
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 17:41

    Rick and Pat,

    I never knew your father - but I do know the caliber of his son. He must have been a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.


    Randy Dalton

  • Marcia
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 16:53

    Perry and I were saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry we are.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Love always,
    Perry and Sylvia Rissler