DELAWARE - Former Delaware attorney and municipal court judge Peter T. Vatsures, 86, of Delaware, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at his home.
Mr. Vatsures was born April 15, 1927, in Delaware to Thomas and Angeline (Vlahos) Vatsures.
He graduated from Willis High School in 1945 and The Ohio State University in 1953, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and a law degree.
Mr. Vatsures served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
After military service, he returned to Delaware, Ohio.
Mr. Vatsures began practicing law in 1954. After working for the Ohio Department of Taxation for two years, he opened a general law practice in Delaware. In 2004, he was honored by the Ohio State and Delaware County Bar Associations for 50 years of legal practice. He was joined by his sons, Thomas and Stephen in operating the family law firm, Vatsures & Vatsures.
In 1960, Mr. Vatsures was elected as Delaware's first full-time municipal court judge with countywide jurisdiction. He served as judge through 1965.
Mr. Vatsures was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Elizabeth Manos and Mary Christy. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Christine; sons Thomas, and Stephen (Debora), of Delaware; daughter Susan (Michael) Gaber of Dublin; four sisters, Nikki Zanetos of Delaware, Effie Sawall, of Delaware, Georgia Manos of Upper Arlington and Kathryn Vatsures, of Delaware; and three grandchildren, Stephen, Kristen and Matthew.
Mr. Vatsures was a life member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. In addition, he was a member of The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Delaware Rotary Club, Hiram Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Ohio State Bar Association, Delaware County Bar Association and a founding member of the Delaware Speech and Hearing Center.
Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Robinson Funeral Home in Delaware, Ohio. The Hiram Masonic Lodge will conduct a service at 7 p.m. followed by a Trisagion Service at 7:30 p.m. with Fr. John Stavropoulos officiating.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at the funeral home with Fr. Dean Kokanos and Fr. Demetrios Gardikes officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors by the Delaware County Veterans Association.
Contributions may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43215 or the
of Central Ohio,1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Condolences may be expressed at www.robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com.