November 14, 1912 ~ December 26, 2003
Major Warren Newton 'Pete' Petre, 91, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2003, in Pueblo, Colorado. He was born November 14, 1912, in Sidney, Nebraska to Newton and Henrietta (Scoville) Petre and grew up in Peetz, Colorado. Warren married Lelia Lou (Biggs) Petre on December 20, 1953, in Frankfurt, Germany. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harold, Joseph, and Gordon Petre; three sisters, Eliza Mechem, Alice Knutzen, and Esther Nelson. Warren is survived by his wife; sister, Pauline Oelschlager of Lincoln, Nebraska; daughter, Trilla (Dennis) Bornhoft of Haxtun, Colorado. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Chris Bornhoft, Wendy Williams, Amy Kilgour, and Marc Bornhoft; and seven great-grandchildren all from Colorado. Several nieces and nephews survive him. Major Petre enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1933 at Ft. Logan, Colorado. During World War II, he served in the European Theater of Operations, participating in the Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He also served in the United States and Korea. During a break in service, he was in charge of a Civilian Conservation Corp. camp in Wyoming. He retired in 1963 after serving more than 20 years active duty. He was in the real estate business for several years before starting the JROTC program at Pueblo County High School in September, 1968 where he served as Military Instructor for five years. Mr. Petre was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo; Sterling Masonic Lodge #54; Pueblo Silver State Lodge #95, A.F. & A.M.; Southern Colorado Consistory; and active in the Scottish Rite Foundation--Rite Care program (a program to help children needing speech therapy). He was a member of the Masonic organization for over 57 years. He enjoyed camping, hunting, and especially fishing at Blue Mesa. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, January 2, 2004, at the First Presbyterian Church, 220 W. 10th Street, with the Reverend Dr. Brad Munroe officiating. Military presentation of the flag by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team. Interment will be at Ft. Logan Cemetery, Denver, Colorado. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association-Rocky Mountain Chapter, Scottish Rite Foundation of Colorado--Rite Care Program, or First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo, c/o the funeral home.