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Ted Dickey Funeral Home

2128 18Th Street, Plano, TX

OBITUARY

Peter Joseph Kerutis Jr.

January 29, 1935August 4, 2019

Peter Joseph Kerutis, Jr. made his journey to his Holy Father, beloved wife, Marie, and parents, Peter, Sr. and Olga Kerutis on August 4, 2019. We are certain he has been greeted with open arms by those he loved most and many lost along the way who he missed every day, members of his Falgoust family and treasured friends.

Left to miss him with all of our hearts and souls are his devoted children, Patricia Joan (Steve Crane), Peter Joseph III, Patrick James (Nancy), Paul Jacque and Prescott Jason (Heather); his grandchildren Paul II, Peter, Prescott, Jr., Lexie, Quinn, Janice (John Burns) and Morgan (Erik Polcer); his great grandchildren, Jessica, Devon, Billy, Logan, Emma and Jaidyn and great-great granddaughter, Annalee. Pete, who loved to introduce himself as Plano Pete, was born on January 29, 1935 to Olga and Peter Kerutis, Sr. in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Wanamie, Pennsylvania an only child. He left for college at the age of 17 and graduated from Penn State University, a tried and true Nittany Lion white and blue. He joined the United States Coast Guard and was assigned duties in New Orleans, Louisiana. When Marie Falgoust and her friend needed a ride to bowling they called the man with the Cadillac convertible and Pete’s life of love and family began.

Pete and Marie married on June 18, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Marie often said, Pete fell in love with her mother, Marie Falgoust, before he fell in love with her. Granny, as she did with anyone she ever met, welcomed Pete into her home and her heart. He was introduced to family and love that as an only child he did not know existed. The Falgoust Family became his family – brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and a mother-in-law he adored. He always made it a duty in his life to take care of his parents and every member of his new family who might need his support. His love was deep; his faith unwavered. He loved and was loved by so many.

He asked his wife to leave her family in New Orleans in 1966 when he was The Candy Man working for M&M/Mars candy company. His job took him to his home state of Pennsylvania, but many would say it was harder for him to leave New Orleans than it was Marie. Never to be regretted, wonderful friends were made and every summer was spent back home in New Orleans.

Promotion led to Lowell, Massachusetts where more friends we made and adored. And, in 1974 it was on to Plano, Texas where he resided for almost 45 years and will be his final resting place with his beloved wife of 58 years, Marie.

He was the owner of Plano Printing, Inc. where a customer became a friend. He was a member and Past President of Rotary Club where selling funnel cakes was not his favorite, but conducting Casino Nights was a joy. He loved golf and had his Monday and Thursday tee times. He loved a round with his kids and regretted not being able to play a round with his grandchildren – but Top Golf helped to share a few shots with Paul II and Peter.

Peter Kerutis, Jr. could be a tough man, scared some, but he was really nothing but a gentle bear, always ready with a hug and a kiss. He was loud and boisterous – you knew when he entered a room. He was, most importantly, a man of God. From his youth and walking with his grandmother to church every Sunday until his end, he had a place in the pew and was there every week usually surrounded by his children and grandsons. If he wasn’t there, he was missed.

The family wants to thank all who have touched our lives. We hope most of those who knew Pete knew that you were always welcomed in his home and in his heart. He truly loved all people and believed in the more the merrier. Please know that because of the Faith and Love of our parents, we are aware and so thankful for the abundant blessings we have been given. Our family is very proud of the job we did in taking care of both of our parents, but we depended upon the love and support of our friends and we thank all for being there for each of us in your own special way.

Do not be sad. Know that Pete and Marie are jitterbugging in heaven. They spent a year apart and are now back together – that calls for joyous celebration. We love them and we love each of you. With sincere gratitude, thank you for being a part of the Kerutis family today and always.

Rest in peace, daddy.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Inurnment Friday, August 16, 2019

Memories

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Sherri Hanyo

August 9, 2019

In loving memory of Pete. Our family has known him and his family for many years. They have all become an extension to our family! We grew a very strong bond, especially with Pete that we named him Papa. That was what he was to me, my husband and kids. Papa was a wonderful man full of happiness and generosity and always surrounded with his amazing family. I will never forget every time I saw him he would say “Hi love” and give me a kiss and a hug. We will truly miss him and will always love him. We are truly blessed to have known him and still remain strongly bonded to his family. We love you all very much too. Last, knowing he is back together with the love of his life, Mama, and with our Father in Heaven gives us peace.

Much love Papa!

Sherri, Tor, Little Tor, Ashleigh and Autumn Hanyo

Kyle Waggoner

August 8, 2019

I will never, ever forget Pete and Marie and the hundreds of times they welcomed me into the Kerutis home.

FROM THE FAMILY

Always a smile for the camera.

FROM THE FAMILY

The Front Yard Swing - Where everyone conversed with Pete. Uncle Pete and Bobby

FROM THE FAMILY

Too bad it wasn't real money! Supporting Jimmy Lotz and Knights of Columbus at Casino Night

FROM THE FAMILY

Family Christmas Eve at Rick & Nancy's - 2018

FROM THE FAMILY

Never to take his own, but he would smile for a selfie with Diane - Card night on Stone Creek

FROM THE FAMILY

Father's Day 2019 - all his favorites were served

FROM THE FAMILY

Just another night at Fishmonger's

FROM THE FAMILY

Rick's birthday 2018 - the first get together without Mom - a great celebration of life continuing on.

FROM THE FAMILY

Always a smile for the camera.

FROM THE FAMILY

The Front Yard Swing - Where everyone conversed with Pete. Uncle Pete and Bobby

FROM THE FAMILY

Too bad it wasn't real money! Supporting Jimmy Lotz and Knights of Columbus at Casino Night

FROM THE FAMILY

Family Christmas Eve at Rick & Nancy's - 2018

FROM THE FAMILY

Never to take his own, but he would smile for a selfie with Diane - Card night on Stone Creek

FROM THE FAMILY

Father's Day 2019 - all his favorites were served

FROM THE FAMILY

Just another night at Fishmonger's

FROM THE FAMILY

Rick's birthday 2018 - the first get together without Mom - a great celebration of life continuing on.

FROM THE FAMILY

Those Lotzes! Fred, Stephen and Uncle Pete

FROM THE FAMILY

Fourth of July 2019 - with his posse!