Peter was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. It was while stationed in Germany he met his wife Elli Staudt. Always the gentleman, they met when he stopped to help her out of a ditch. Their love story began after taking her up on her offer to repay him with a beer. They were married on June 25, 1960 in Aschaffenburg, Germany. She was the love of his life and reason for living.
A well-travelled and well-read man, Peter enjoyed time spent with family, keeping up on current events, listening to music, dancing, singing, and especially organizing or being invited to gatherings to spend time with his closest friends. Peter was the rock of his family and he will be dearly missed.
In addition to Elli, survivors include children: Susan (Kevin) Troha, of Parkville, MO, Kristina (Kurt) Stone, of Kansas City, MO, and W. Matthew (Susan) Van De Mark, of Arlington Heights, IL; sister, Johanna Van De Mark; two brothers, Allan (Lora) Van De Mark, Dirk (Phyllis) Van De Mark, and beloved grandchildren: Katherine and Andrew Troha; Emily and Nikola Van De Mark; as well as nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Peter’s life on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. The evening will begin with a family eulogy at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Catholic Prayer Service. Following the Prayer Service, an informal visitation will take place until 8:00 p.m.
A Committal Service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2023 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City VA Medical Center, 4801 E. Linwood Blvd, Kansas City MO, 64128. Memories of Peter and condolences to the family can be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.