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January 13, 2014
I was privileged to meet Jon Peter when I began working in the DA's office in 1986. He was truly one of a kind. He never bent to what was popular or expedient, and followed only what was right. He was a walking, talking encylopedia of legal wisdom and always willing to help those around him.
He is greatly missed by the criminal justice system in Milwaukee, but the lessons he shared have been and will continue to be passed down. He made all of us better lawyers and Milwaukee a better place.

Thank you so much for all the effort that went into writing the memorial that appeared in the newspaper. It captured the Jon Peter we all knew and respected to a "t". I'm sorry for your loss, but your father lives on in the the courts of Milwaukee County every day.
January 13, 2014
I learned how to be a criminal trial lawyer from your father. In my younger years as a ADA I would watch your father in trial and be mesmorized by his ability to communicate to the jury as the common man. Yet he was not the common man, he was a true intellectual who could communicate like the common man. I will never forget our baseball conversations and his memory for detail. Often before starting a homicide trial I would find Pete and go through my facts and ask him what he thought. He would always end with telling me to seek the truth. I still have his retirement memo with it's reflections in my office. Pete was the heart of the office in the 80s to the mid 90s. He was a friend and even today a inspiration to me.
Mark Williams
January 13, 2014
My sympathy to you all. Wisconsin lost one of the finest men and lawyers ever. He was fair, honest and brilliant. It was a great gift to have known him.
January 13, 2014
Thank you all for the wonderful memories of our dad you have shared. They are very moving to us, and we can't thank you enough for taking time to post them.

Angie, we share such good memories of childhood time spent together with our Dickerson cousins in Wauwatosa! Thank you for reliving the laughter with us. Our love to you Angie.

Carol, thank you for the sympathies and very gracious words. They are appreciated, as is your friendship to our mom.

Judge DiMotto, Judge Foley, Mr. Caton, Mr. Molitor, Mr. Zier, Mr. Kenney, Mr. Love, and Mr. Berg: Thank you so much for the condolences, remembrances, and kind reflections on our father. Most importantly, thank you for being good colleagues and friends to him. His career as a prosecutor and public servant was so very important to him. As kids, there is so much of that part of him we never saw. He talked through the years of Children's Court, of the high profile matters - VanDyke earlier on, Dahmer later on, and others - spanning decades that he was involved in, his time in Judge Seraphim's courtroom, his mentorship of young Assistants, and his appellate advocacy before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He always referred to himself not as a lawyer or an attorney, but as a prosecutor.

We know the District Attorney's Office was not a stranger to an occasional single-spaced, manually typewritten memo outlining his thoughts on the operation of the Office and the courts. The job, as you all know, was and is a tough one, and it taxed him physically and emotionally. There were cases that tried his soul. He voiced many, many times - countless really - how grateful he was to Mr. McCann for hiring him and for giving him some room through the years to be who he needed to be. He knew that his passion required a remarkably understanding boss (especially when an elected official in a highly-visible Office) and group of colleagues. There is no question that he counted Mr. McCann and colleagues and friends like you as among the very most important people in his life. Thank you.

It was so good of each of you to take time to write. Our dad asked for a private gathering and not a public visitation or service, and in honoring that wish we will miss the chance to meet his professional peers and learn about him from each of you. And we wish miss the chance to thank you for your friendship to our dad. His place in the history of the juvenile and adult justice system in Milwaukee County lives on through all of you, and we are extremely grateful for that. Thank you.

We hope others may share a memory, and we draw strength from them. We may not thank each person in this space personally, but please know we will read and cherish each and every entry.

Dan, Elizabeth, Tom, and David
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