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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
July 08, 2013
Dan,

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
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.
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!
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.
June 17, 2013
Danny, Rocky and all Vonachens,

I have great memories of your father as an usher at St. Thomas, playing ball for Peoria Blacktop, and of course the Harry stories. May he rest in peace.
June 16, 2013
Pete,

You were a sincerely great man. I met you at my wife's grandfather, George Rump, funeral. You gave the eulogy with grace and love. You also said something I haven't forgotten to this day: as long as you have your faith, family, and friends, you have everything. I saw your son, Rocky, post that in an article and it made me cry. Thank you for the 5 or so minutes I got to know you. May you and George have some more fun now in paradise.

With great respect,

Cory Critchell
June 15, 2013
Hi Sorry to here about your dad. The whole Carter family sends our respects to all of you. Send us a note sometime and fill us in on who's doing what. Take care. Rex Carter
June 15, 2013
Dear Mary, Rocky, Dan, Mark and the whole Vonachen Family,

We just wanted to again express our condolences on the passing of your Dad -- the elder Statesman of the Vonachen Family. He was a terrific man and Community leader and will be missed by MANY who called him their friend! We will particularily miss Pete's Dry sense of humor -- but apparently he left that to Rocky! Keeping Pete in our prayers.

Sincerely,

Jim and Katie Owens
June 15, 2013
Rocky & Vonachen Family,

With Heartfelt Sympathy~

Pete's story will be shared,
He will be remembered,
and others will find inspiration
in the way he lived his life.

It's been a great honor to have had Pete's friendship for 29 yrs. going back to Meinen Field. Pete always made it up to the top bleachers where our group & family always sat. When our grandkids were very young we would bring them along & Pete would always seek them out & give them balls with his autograph which are treasures today. Oh the fun we had!
Opening night this season I brought 2 granddaughters (14 & 19). We stopped to chat with Pete...he commented how they had grown & were beautiful young ladies now...that was Pete. We chatted a bit more & I always let him know how much he was loved! So thankful for that last chat.
We will miss him always~
Love you my friend...

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