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Harold "Pete" Vonachen Jr. 1925 - 2013

Harold "Pete" Vonachen Jr.

This Guest Book has been kept online by Ryan Ewend.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Today (4/1/14) was opening day here in Houston,Texas. Many years ago I had the honor of taking Pete Vonachen and Georgie Shadid to an Astro's game, with my son Ryan. Today my son and I returned to Minute Maid Park for opening day ceramonies. As THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALE HORSES came into Minute Maid Park from right field, it reminded me of the photo that hangs on the wall at THE MILK PAIL in League City,Texas. The photo was taken opening day in PEORIA with Pete and HOF ''Ryno'' Sandberg riding into the stadium on THE BUDWEISER WAGON. I knew Pete was looking down from heaven with his best friend HARRY having a budweiser or two. The old saying ''IF IT PLAYS IN PEORIA IT WILL PLAY IN THE NATION'' came to life, when the two coaches reached out to shake hands. BO PORTER & JOE GIRARDI PLAYED IN PEORIA! This will be the first opening day without PEORIA'S MR.BASEBALL and the last opening day for Pete's good friend Commissioner Bud Selig. Thank you both for the memories. '' KEEP SWINGING'' YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS Jay Ewend
Monday, July 08, 2013

I was in Peoria over the 4th of July and heard about your Dad. My deepest sympathy to you and your Family. I'll keep your Dad, you, & your Family in my prayers.

Maureen Harney
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Opened my copy of Baseball America today and there was a story about "Peoria's Baseball Icon" passing...
Pete had not purchased the baseball team when I sold the Penny Press and moved to Atlanta, but there was no doubt as to his passion for the sport or his friendship with legendary announcer Harry Caray - a frequent guest at Pete's restaurant.
My memories of Pete are of a man devoted to his community who seemed able to do more in one day than most of us in a week... and of a man who truly made a difference. The highest tribute anyone can offer.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I worked for Pete and brother Tom at the restaurant in the 60's. They respected us and treated us well as employees. Later on as a Jaycee, I rode with kids as they operated the old Junction railroad handcar that he'd lent us for Steamboat Days. Lastly was his support for Peoria baseball, where I was happy for the opportunity to talk to him again. You now leave a gap that makes the Grand Canyon seem like a roadside ditch in comparison, Pete!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
So sorry to hear about Pete...I worked for him at the Junction 50 years ago...many fond memories of those times.
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