CARRUTH, Sr., Peter Warren (USAF MSGT retired) Age 82, passed away Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014 at home with his loving wife by his side. He was born October 16, 1931 in Holtville, CA, to John and Gladys Carruth. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Josie, five children-Dianna Carder, Beverly, Steve, Lorraine, and Pete Jr.; 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; his siblings, Mary, Annetia, Wallace, Jim and Paul; and little guard dog, Tulu. He made his career in the US Air Force and is a well-decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was very proud of his military service. After he retired he continued his military support through affiliation with the American Legion and VFW. He had a strong work ethic and through various jobs after the military, he continued to receive awards and recognition. He was extremely generous, lending a helping hand, cooking meals, giving care packages for family, neighbors, coworkers, and the needy. He loved fishing early in his life, then gardening, and later, he discovered the internet, where he continued his self-education on a gamut of topics. He loved all styles of music, and the joy of family gatherings, that always included a speech expressing his pride and gratitude. He was passionate about Lake Tahoe, where he found peace. He knew no stranger. He always had a kind word and would look only for the best in all whom he encountered. The lessons he gave us will be carried on in his memory. He was a legendary man of honor, and his spirit will always live within us. Dad, we will always remember the twinkle in your eyes. There will be an Honor Guard ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28th 2014 at Calvary Catholic Cemetery at 7101 Verner Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95841. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 25, 2014