Longtime Fairbanksan and retired military veteran, Peter Martin Duchscherer passed away May 15, 2014, in Fairbanks.|
Peter was born May 9, 1936, in Dakem Township, Emmons County in North Dakota. He grew up in Hamilton, Montana, and joined the military service, doing three tours in Vietnam.
He came to Alaska in 1981 with the U.S. Army and retired in 1983, with several medals, including the Purple Heart, after his last tour at Fort Wainwright.
He met and married Marie, his wife of 30 years, on Jan. 21, 1984, and they made their home in Fairbanks.
Pete was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW and was involved with the American Legion
Post 57 until his passing.
He enjoyed many things, especially making hook-latch rugs which he gave to family and friends.
He was well known for his cowboy hat covered in collectible pins. He never left the house without it.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his sons, Michael Duchscherer, of Richmond, Georgia, and William Duchscherer (Marci), of St. Louis, Missouri; his daughter, Trena Ivy (John), of Mansfield, Texas; his brothers, Johnny Duchscherer and Jake Duchscherer (Aldene); and sisters, Viola Duchsherer (Earl) and Shirley Duchscherer; his sister-in-law, Marjorie Gruhn; his grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and friends in Alaska and the Lower 48.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Katherin Duchscherer; his step-son, Roger Olsen, and his wife, Aloise Marie Duchscherer.
An Honor Guard service for Peter and spreading of the ashes ceremony for both he and his wife is planned for 6 p.m. July 30 along the north bank of the Chena River near ICC and the Cushman Street bridge of flags.
After the ceremony, there will be a gathering at American Legion Post 57 on South Cushman.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 27, 2014