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William (Willie) D. Peto, 62

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William (Willie) D. Peto, 62, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 12, 2021. 

Willie is survived by his life partner of 25 years, Trina May; his mother, Wanda (Curry/Peto) Valdez; his son, Erik (daughter-in-law Kimberly); grandson, Ryland; brother, Calvin Joe; sister-in-law, Imelda (Emy) Peto; sister, Gail (Steve) Barth; brother, Terry; brother, Ron (Beth) Couch; and sister, Lauren (Tom) Ungaro. He leaves behind nine nieces and nephews and too many people to count that he considered family.

Willie was born on Nov. 22, 1958, in Harlan, Ky., to Wanda and Calvin Turner. At the age of 8 he moved to Chicago, where he was raised with his siblings by his mother and William (Bill) Peto, who he considered his dad. He attended Sullivan High School in the Rogers Park neighborhood, and he remained in contact with many of his classmates throughout the years.

His dedication and strong work ethic resulted in a 35-year career at Makita USA. It was through his wit and personality that he brought both lightheartedness and commitment to his job and those he worked with.

Many people experienced his generous and caring nature from mowing and shoveling, home projects, to even helping people move. If you called him and needed help, he would be there without a second thought.

Willie spent several years volunteering for an organization that provides therapeutic equestrian activities for people with disabilities. His enjoyment came from being around the horses almost as much as the kids he was helping.

At the local VFW 5040, he developed amazing friendships and made lasting memories. It was here that he felt at home, where many a glass was raised in celebration, mutual support, and camaraderie.

Of all the people in Willie’s life, no one meant more to him than his life partner, son, and grandson. It was together with Trina where they shared love, laughter, and dreams of the future for their family. Willie showed what it is to be a wonderful father and grandfather, by teaching life lessons and offering guidance that will be cherished forever.

It was Willie’s infectious nature that drew people in, and he will always be remembered for his strength, smiling face, contagious laugh, big heart, and unique humor. 

Join the family to honor Willie’s life Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon with a memorial service at noon at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kahn Academy Kids (khanacademy.org/) or to VFW 5040 (vfw5040.org).

For information, call the funeral home at 815-338-1710 or see the website at slmcfh.com.

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