Frederick “Pete” Joseph Peters LTC-Ret

Frederick Peters

He died peacefully in his sleep on November seventh 2017.

He is survived by one son, Frederick C Peters (Audra) of Phoenix and close companion Virginia Madrid of Woodinville, Washington. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kristin, and three brothers, John, Calvin and Raymond Peters.

A life long learner, Pete gradated from the University of Toledo in 1962.

He did post gradate work at nine colleges and universities:

Northwestern State University – MBA – 1976, Pierce College Washington – AA Accounting – 1988; Central Washington – BS Accounting Business – 1990, Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas – 1974; Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia –  1983.

Pete said Dr. Gardiner Williams, Philosophy Department Chairman, inspired him to become a philosophy major and gave him a whole new outlook on understanding of life,

He was commissioned as Regular Army Officer from University of Toledo ROTC program. He served 25 years, 1962-1987, as an Infantry officer, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel.  His service included:Paratrooper Units, Special Forces (Green Beret), Training Center Operations Officer, ROTC Instructor, Ranger school graduate, NATO Staff Officer in Europe, Operations Officer at the US Army Headquarters Europe, and as a member of the teaching faculty at the Armed Forces Staff College, instructing in computer assisted strategic planning.

Overseas assignments included: Panama, Germany, and two and half years combat service in Vietnam, with Special Forces as an A-Team commander, with Special Operations Group (SOG) as an advisor to Vietnamese special operations units, and as commander of an airborne (paratrooper) rifle company. Pete received many awards and decorations, including the ‘Valor in Combat’, ‘The Combat Infantryman Badge’, and a ‘Purple Heart.’

In 1990, he began a sole-proprietor tax and financial services practice. Working from his home office, he specialized in preparation of all forms and types of tax returns.  He also specialized in problem solving and representing tax payers before the IRS. Every year he extended his education by attending tax preparation classes/seminars.

Pete’s hobbies included golf, skiing, fishing, hunting and cooking. He hunted major game animals in Germany, England, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Australia, Canada, and Argentina,. He went on four safaris in Africa.  He attended cooking schools/classes in Italy, Mexico and France.  He traveled all 50 states and 56 foreign countries. His deep sea fishing adventures included Florida, Washington, Canada, Costa Rica and Alaska. During the five and half years he was stationed in Germany he skied the Alps, in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

7 Responses to “Frederick “Pete” Joseph Peters LTC-Ret”

  • David & Bonnie Harmon says:

    Ginny and young Pete: We are so sorry for your loss, and we too will miss Fred “Pete”, a unique, strong man among men.

  • Rex Hall says:

    A great man. I will dearly miss him. Virginia, my heart goes out to you. Rest in peace Pete.

  • Janie Olsen says:

    Ginny and Petes family…I am so sorry to hear this! He will be greatly missed, such a nice man…sending good thoughts to you.

  • Donna Reed says:

    Pete, you have been my tax guy for over 20 years and you will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family.

  • Neil Webner says:

    Pete was my little brother and I often said he made the best darn paddle of any of the pledges in any of the classes while I was at UT. Moreover, I came to admire Pete’s devotion and loyalty to our chapter for the couple of years before I graduated. I felt then that Pete was one of a kind, a guy who brothers could enjoy but frankly with perhaps a better moral compass. When Pete’s brother joined the chapter, we named him Re-Pete.

    I had communicated with Pete in later years but moving from the area and raising a family got in the way of rekindling fraternity relationships. I always felt that Pete was a fine man; after reading his obituary I see that was even much more.

    My condolences to his family.

  • William (Bill) Freitag says:

    Ginny and Pete’s family, I just got notification of my “brother’s” passing. My best wishes go to you and I’ll have a hole in my life. Pete and I served in similar assignment but somehow a bit off-set except for some great years in Germany and later in the Washington DC area.

  • LTC Patrick M. Tucker, IN, Ret. says:

    I knew Pete as an ROTC College student at the University of Toledo from 1969-1971. He inspired many Pershing Rifles at U. of T. to pursue careers as Army officers. Many who attended Airborne, Ranger, and some Special Forces schools. He loved teaching students about the Army, especially small unit tactics and adventure training like rapelling. He was our mentor and will dearly miss him.

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