March 1, 1925 ~ November 22, 2018

Born in: Loami, IL
Resided in: Littleton, CO

Beloved father and grandfather, “Colonel Pete” passed away peacefully after a full life of nearly 94 years; still independent, driving and winning at family card games.

Pete joined the US Marine Corps in 1943, actively serving in WWII and during the Korean War. The Marines were a large part of his life and he retired as Lt Colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves after 20 years.
He was a graduate of the University of Denver with a BSc. Finance and an MBA. During his 35 years in accounting and information technology with Public Service Company of CO (now Xcel Energy), he was instrumental in the firm’s transformation from ledger books into the digital age.

Growing up on a farm, Pete was always drawn to the outdoors: fishing, hiking, camping, cookouts and driving trips around the US. In later years, he was content to simply enjoy nature from his deck. He and Rose were active in their Church and in bridge groups, and with their many friends, both long-time and new.

Family was the most cherished part of their life, and Pete and his late wife, Rose, created and nurtured a loving family: daughter, Rhonda Baker (Barnaby, deceased), sons Michael (Victoria) and James (Tawnya), and six grandchildren, Nathan, Thomas (Andrea), Rebecca Holligan (Ryan), Austin (Courtney), Taylor and Joseph. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Thomas (Patricia) Wallace of Minnesota, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass and reception will be held on Monday, Dec. 10th at 11am at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80227. Interment will be private at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Services

Funeral Mass: December 10, 2018 11:00 am

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227


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  1. I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of Paul David Short, and would like to share a comforting thought from the Bible in Isaiah 26:19 your dead will live my corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully.And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life. Sincerly Bea.

  2. The world has lost a Great Man. He will and is missed by many. Pete never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything. He was a gentleman in all respects and loved by many. I will always remember uncle Pete for the man he was. Our prayers are with the family now and always. God has just gotten a new leader in Heaven to lead us all home to be together in the end.

  3. Please accept my sincere condolences dear family and friends. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you. And may you find hope and comfort in God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and “make you firm”. (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17).

  4. Pete gave me my first real job in life at Public Service Company at age 20 and was a very respected manager of what was called Systems and Procedures in 1971 which later became Information Technology. He always had an open door and open to any suggestion employees had. He was fair, honest and had a good sense of humor, and believe me I tested it.. I spoke with him last year at Frank Cosolo’s funeral and he made me smile.

    My heart goes out to all of his family in this time of loss, I know he will be missed.

  5. Pete gave me the opportunity to transition from the customer’s department into the systems department in the mid 1970’s. He was honest and caring and treated employees in his charge with honesty and fairness. My condolences go out to his family, I know he will be missed.

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