Peter John Pigeon

February 25, 1932May 29, 2018

Peter John Pigeon, 86, of Elk Rapids, Michigan, returned to his heavenly home on May 29, 2018.

Peter was born February 25, 1932 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. In 1950, Peter joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the Great Lakes as an Engineer for numerous years to help pay his way through college.

Peter attended Ferris State Institute (now known as Ferris State University). He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing. While attending he met Shirleyann Kadrovach and they were married April 27, 1957.

After living in Michigan, California and Missouri, Peter and Shirley finally settled in Carol Stream, Illinois where they lived for 27 years before retiring back in Michigan in 1993. Peter worked in the insurance industry first for The Hartford and then CNA where he remained for 17 years until his retirement.

Peter was a jack of all trades and a master of many. No job was too big from plumbing to electrical to wood working. Pete did it all. His favorite pastime was building furniture. He built anything his wife Shirley desired including cradles for his grandchildren, bedroom furniture, a china cabinet, a beloved Grandfather clock and so much more. Peter also enjoyed gardening and cooking with Shirley. His specialty was anything cooked on the grill. In years past, Peter enjoyed reading Spy novels and watching War movies.

Peter is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Lisa (David) Price and Kathryn (Dan) Dziewior; 3 grandchildren, Michael (Jacqueline) Corbett, Brittany (Paul) Fatzinger and Brandon (Taylor) Corbett; and great grandchildren, Abbigail & Parker Lehn, Mason & Miles Fatzinger, and Declan Corbett. Peter was predeceased by his father, William Pigeon; his mother, Mary Bugno Parker; 3 siblings William, Arthur & Paul Pigeon; and a beloved Aunt, Helen (Herb) Knox.

The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 6th at 1pm at Grace Lutheran Church, Elk Rapids with a viewing beginning at 12 noon. The burial will be held immediately following the service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Elk Rapids. Please also join the family for a luncheon at the church following the service/burial.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Peter’s name to either: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or Grace Lutheran Church.


  • Alzheimer's Foundation of America
  • Grace Lutheran Church


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Peter John Pigeon

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