Carl Wehr Peter Sr.
October 17, 1929 - February 18, 2014
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|Passed away Tuesday, February 18 at the age of 84. He lives now eternally in the truth and blessed redemption provided freely by his savior Jesus Christ.
Carl was born in Milwaukee on October 17, 1929 the second child of Frederick T. Peter and Virginia Wehr Peter. For the past 25 years he shared time between homes in Elm Grove, WI and Palm City, FL. He was raised in Wauwatosa attending Wauwatosa High School and later attended Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin where he received his degree in Engineering. He was also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
Carl’s best professional talent was sales. He held several successful sales positions before becoming Vice President of Sales for JAX INC. (formerly Behnke Lubricants, Inc.). In 1963 Carl acquired the company and ran it successfully for over 25 years. He will be missed by his many friends at JAX whom he worked with cherished for years.
Carl met his wife to be, Janet Zurheide of Milwaukee, at a Young Republicans meeting in 1953. They were married in August of 1954. Several years later they moved with their sons Eric and Carl Jr. to a five acre hill top home they named Schön Hügel, surrounded by a dairy farm, two miles west of Waukesha. While in Waukesha their daughter Heidi was born. Carl subsequently lived in Elm Grove and Wauwatosa.
Carl was a great father, and a grand and gracious host enjoying his children’s company along with all of their friends. Many warm memories are still recalled of fun around his home in the Washington Highlands or trips to his beach house in Grand Cayman. He was a third generation member of the Wisconsin Club and will be missed by his friends there.
Carl enjoyed cars, gardening, golf and traveling. Each of his homes featured spectacular gardens, the result of many hours of pruning and weeding. He shared his beautiful cars for weddings and proms for family and friends. He made lifelong friends wherever he traveled, in particular with his Norwegian family the Bergels. He enjoyed the social side of golf and had many good memories of times spent playing the game.
Carl was a Grand Master Mason with over 55 years of membership. He was active with Elmbrook Lodge, the Jesters, El Hajj, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners for years.
Carl is survived by his children Heidi (Scott) Ball of Wauwatosa, Dr. Carl W. (Michelle) Peter M.D. of Columbia, SC and Eric J. (Gina) Peter of Elm Grove and his sister-in-law Pat (Warren) Peter of St. Louis, MO. He was a good friend and will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Kyle and Kurt Peter, Lukas and Samantha Ball, and Tori, Carl III (Trey), Michael and Sarah Peter. He was a dear cousin, uncle and friend to many others who will also miss him greatly. He will be missed by all of his friends including those at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club and the many members of the Blue Mound and Westmoor Peter Cup teams over the years.
Visitation Sunday, February 23 at the Funeral Home from 2 PM until 5 PM when Masonic Services will be held under the Auspices of Elmbrook Masonic Lodge # No. 354 F & A.M. The service will be followed by a gathering at Western Racquet Club. Private Entombment Wisconsin Memorial Park
In lieu of flowers Memorials can be made in Carl’s name to The Salvation Army or Shriners Hospitals for Children.