Ron Peter, 76, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Quincy, died on Wednesday (March 19, 2014) in the Hospice House of Sun City Center.
He was born on May 2, 1937, in Quincy, a son of Andrew and Leona Wand Peter. He married Sharlene Taylor on June 10, 1967 in Holly, Mich. She survives.
Ron served in the U.S. Navy
Reserves. He was a graduate of Quincy College. He was of the Catholic faith.
He spent his career primarily in education, including CYO director as well as teacher and coach at Quincy Notre Dame, Quincy College, Marion High School, University of La Crosse, Wis., Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Eastern Connecticut State University and Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He was golf coach at Liberty High School. While in Quincy, Ron was also the owner and operator of the Sport Shack and was a board member of Adams County Board District 5. He served as sheriff of Windham City, Windham, Conn.
Ron was a member of the Elks, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Bogie Busters (Champion).
Ron was the instigator of the Happy Hackers out-for-a-Sunday-drive Golf League in Quincy and in Fort Meyers, Fla.; the Sunday Couples Bowling League in Quincy; and the infamous annual Hog Fry established in 1967 at 39 Hickory Grove in Quincy.
In addition to his wife, Sharlene, he is survived by four children, Cynthia Bender of League City, Texas, Brian Peter of Tucson, Ariz., and his significant other, Jackie Fitz, Holly Cruz and her husband, Orlando, of Windham, and Gale Lanning and her husband, Derek, of Winona, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Brett, Brandon (Kellie), Brittani, Shane, Joshua, Sheala and Ethan; one great-grandchild, Brantley; four brothers, Denny (Mary Lou) Peter, Charles (Jane) Peter, Dale (Faye) Peter and Mike "George" (Deb Chadd) Peter; one sister, Arlene Brocksmith; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers and sisters-in-law.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Gerald Brocksmith; his in-laws, Wilbur and Devota Taylor; a brother-in-law, Bill Taylor and his wife, Jackie Taylor; and a sister-in-law, Yvonne (Taylor) Ross.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Quincy University Chapel with the Rev. James Wheeler, OFM. Interment will be in St. Brigid Cemetery in Liberty with military honors conducted by the Illinois National Guard Burial Detail.
VISITATION: 4-7 p.m. Monday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Sharlene and Ron Peter Scholarship Fund at Quincy University.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.