Peter Paul Chevis, Jr. of Houston died suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday, November 24th in Houston.
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Peter was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on January 25, 1946, to Peter P. Chevis, Sr. and Antoinette Slapinski Chevis. He spent his early years in Midland, Michigan (where his father was a patent attorney for the Dow Chemical Company) and later years in the Pacific Northwest (after his father joined a company that became part of Georgia Pacific), before moving to Houston, Texas. While in the Pacific Northwest, he developed his life-long interests in fly fishing, the natural environment, and the philosophies and culture of Japan. He attended the University of Washington and graduated with degrees in English and law. While an undergraduate he studied creative writing and represented the English Department at poetry conferences, found time to paint in mediums as varied as oils to melted wax, and dabbled in photography, especially of natural scenery. Although he appreciated classical music, he was also in tune with the times and appreciated the blues and protest songs. He was even for a time a guitarist with a rock/blues band. After graduation from law school, he became the city attorney for Bellevue, Washington, and then later set up private practice in his hometown of Bellingham. Finding tax law intellectually engaging, he eventually received an LLM in Tax from NYU and after graduation joined Shell Oil as an international tax attorney in Houston, Texas, traveling extensively for the company, addressing complex tax issues. He later joined TXU in Dallas, before retiring in 2008. Keenly interested in understanding the environments he was in - whether his new home of Texas or the countries in which he travelled on business or pleasure - he read voraciously about their history, arts, crafts and philosophies. Along the way he gathered artwork, crafts, and books and on occasion shared their stories with family and friends.
His beloved wife of many years, Katy Farley Chevis, whom he met in Houston, predeceased him, but he is survived by their daughter whom he held most dear, Kathryn Christine Chevis. Peter recently remarried and is survived by his wife Anne Rabe Chevis, whom he cherished. He is also survived by his mother, Antoinette Chevis, formerly of Bellingham, Washington, and sister, Cheryl Chevis, of Portland, Oregon. He leaves behind many valued friends and acquaintances, who believe they are the better for knowing him.
His family and friends ask that you join them for a memorial service the morning of Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 11:00, in the library of the Czech Center Museum, 4920 San Jacinto at Wichita, in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2012