Peter Witteried(1932 - 2014)

Col. (Ret.) Peter F. Witteried

Long Beach, CA

Peter F. Witteried, Retired Army Colonel, passed away on January 29, 2014, at the age of 81. A native of Chicago, Illinois, his thirty year military career took him around the world, but most recently he called Long Beach, California home.

He began his army life as a West Point Cadet. An exceptional swimmer, he earned three All American Awards as a member of the Black Nights swimming and water polo teams. After graduating in 1954, he represented his country in the 1955 Pan American games and was invited to try out for the 1956 Olympic Water Polo Team.

Colonel Witteried commanded an artillery battalion during the Vietnam War. His dedication, skill and bravery were evident in his many awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, The Soldiers Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, six Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and two Bronze Stars.

Upon retirement he and his wife Betty settled in St. George where he became an avid golfer achieving two holes in ones and rarely losing a Nassau. A shrewd negotiator, fastidious for the rules, he was famous for "adjusting after nine." He and Betty maintained a lively social life, were active in the Bloomington Country Club and formed numerous close relationships during their long residency.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Witteried, his son, Peter (Ruth) and daughter Leslie Lait (Matt) and his grandchildren Trey and Alex Witteried, Riley and Casey Lait; step grandsons Christopher and Adam Baldwin. He was preceded in death by his grandson Adam Witteried.

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2014