Peter Valtakis, 70
Died July 10, 2013
Peter Avonggalon Valtakis, 70, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, July 10, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
He was born March 15, 1943, in Oakland, Calif., to Avonggalon and Rosemary Valtakis. He graduated from Fremont High School in Oakland in 1960. He served in the US Navy from 1963-1970 during the Vietnam War aboard the nuclear submarine, the USS Snook. He married Catherine Scarpar and they later divorced. He lived with his family in Oakland, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., until moving to Red Wing in 1970. On June 24, 1989, he married Patricia Jagusch at United Lutheran Church. He worked at the Prairie Island Nuclear Plant and was involved in the startup of Unit 1. He continued to work with the nuclear plant as a consultant until the time of his death. He also owned and operated the Bath Store since 1998 and the Pete's Kitchen Store since 2004, both at the Pottery Mall. He also had previously owned and operated West Bay Marina.
He was a member of United Lutheran Church, where he faithfully served as usher and on the men's cooking team for many years, Red Wing Elks BPOE #845, and the Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post #54. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and spending time outdoors. His family recalls how he loved going to Rush Lake near Ottertail, Minn., for the past several years, and his cooking, especially lamb and other Greek foods.
Peter is survived by his wife of 24 years, Pat; children John (Carrie) Valtakis of Hastings, Jollienne Mrozek of Hastings, Jeff Valtakis of Brainerd; seven grandchildren, Callie, Larrissa, and Alex Valtakis, David, Justin, Niko, and Spencer; siblings, Georgia (Norman) Brewer of Redding, Calif., Willie (Julie) Valtakis of Dove Creek, Colo., Larry (Mare) Valtakis of Littleton, Colo., and Katie (John) Taylor of Valley Springs, Calif.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Linda and Tom Wrzos of Vadnais Heights and their children, Katarina Wrzos and Andrew Wrzos; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Peter "Tom" and Michael Valtakis.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at United Lutheran Church in Red Wing with Pastor Justin Boeding officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post #54. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Legion prayer service, on Wednesday, July 17, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, and 1 hour prior to the service at church. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Peter Valtakis, 70