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Old 07-22-2012, 01:57 AM
WingsOnWheels WingsOnWheels is offline
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Default Charles "Pete" Peterson 1921-2012

This last Wednesday 7/18 I lost my Grandfather to pancreatic cancer. His condition was previously undiagnosed and until recently he was in good heath (for someone 91 years young).

My Grandparents retired to the Island of Kauai back in the early 80's and I have been making an annual trek each year since. There were a number of times when I was young that I would just end up staying for a while. I even went to school on Kauai for semester so I didn't have to leave. My grandfather and I are kindered spirits alike in almost every way. He inspired my love of all things mechanical and we always had a project when I went to visit.

My grandfather was a big fan of my RV-6 project, so much so that he provided the engine for it. In May, I took the family out to visit him and my parents (they also retired to Kauai so they could keep an eye on Pete, my grandmother passed not too many years after they moved). He was doing great, still loading his bike on the back on the truck each day and driving down to the beach for his regular 2-mile bike ride. He got to meet his great granddaughter for the first time also. He told me that he would be willing to fly back to the mainland once the RV was done so we could go flying together.

Towards the end of June he went to the hospital with a little shortness of breath and that is when they found the cancer. I made plans and flew out to Kauai last Saturday to see him. We got to spend some time talking, but his healt was rapidly deteriorating. He Passed while I was there ealry Wednesday morning. My mom told me he had been waiting for me to get there before he let go.

It is impossible to sum up someones life is a few paragraphs, so I didn't try. Pete made the best of every minute of his life. From being in WWII and a Japanese POW for 3 years, working as a salvage diver and general jack-of-all-trades, a hydralics enginner for Douglas. He traveled around the world on more than one occassion. Even the hard times didn't phase him. Kind to the core while still being one tough SOB.

A hui hou kakou kupunakane Pete.

Colin P.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:10 AM
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Default That was a nice write-up Colin

I guess you have heard it often that the two of you look so much alike it seems only natural that you would be alike in spirit. I'm glad you were able to be there for him in the end as he was for you all these years.

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Old 07-22-2012, 05:40 AM
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A beautiful tribute to a great American hero! Cherish the memories..

I too, laid my Dad to rest a year ago at 89.

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Old 07-22-2012, 07:03 PM
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Default Another Angel...

in formation. God be with you and your beloved Pete, Colin.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:49 AM
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Default Condolences

My condolences on your granddad's passing. I know he will leave a big hole in your heart. My dad passed June of 2011 at 89. I wish he had lived to see my RV fly a couple of months later, but I am confident he is watching.

Jim Bower
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:54 AM
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Thank you everyone for your kind words, they are appriciated.
Colin P.
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