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PETER F. ACRI Peter F. Acri passed away on Dec. 20, 2014, in Green Valley, Ariz.Peter was born on June 1, 1921, in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Charles and Teresa Acri. He grew up and spent most of his life on the south side of Des Moines.He graduated from Conception Seminary. After high school he fought in Okinawa during WWII.When he returned from the service, he attended Iowa State University and was an honor student earning a degree in electrical engineering. After graduation he worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids.In 1953 his brother Frank made him a partner in Acri Wholesale Grocery Company, where he worked until retirement in 1980. He was a lifetime member of American Legion and Knights of Columbus, and was also a member of Society of Italian Americans, Green Valley Elks and Italian Catholic Federation Branch 425.He enjoyed playing golf and cribbage with his family and friends. He also loved to travel, and even flew his own plane. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 41 years, Rosemary Acri; his four children, Frank Acri (Nancy), Elizabeth Clowers (Pat), Joseph Acri, and Phyllis Jackson (Glenn); his 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, along with several loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and his dog, Bella.Preceding him in death are his parents, brother Frank Acri, sister Minnie Paterno, brother Joseph Acri, sister Elizabeth Ligouri and granddaughter Laura E. Clowers. Contributions can be made to St. Anthony Church, and Society of Italian Americans. Visitation will be held at Brooks Funeral Home from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, with a rosary at 6 p.m. The American Legion will also say a prayer honoring him as a member of the armed forces at 4 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at St. Anthony Church. Internment to follow at Glendale Cemetery.
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Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 24, 2014
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