At the age of 88, Pete William Eberle passed away peacefully in Vancouver, Wash. on Nov. 26, 2010. He was born Sept. 25, 1922 in Portland, Ore. to Charles and Jane Eberle, and was brother to Gloria Eberle Carter (preceded in death).
His early years were spent with grandparents and aunts. In 1936, his immediate family moved to Moab, Utah, where he learned to fly fish and hunt rabbit with his Dad, Chuck. His earliest gardening efforts in Moab yielded giant watermelons every summer and secured his love for gardening and the outdoors.
He graduated from Grand County High School in 1940. One of two scholarship recipients, he enrolled at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and joined the Army ROTC. His unit was called up in 1942, and as a leader he was promoted to second lieutenant, and trained infantry soldiers for combat. After WWII ended he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan to coordinate transportation of equipment and cargo back to the U.S. He loved the Army and served in the Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
Playing billiards, watching fireworks and listening to Sousa marching songs brought a smile to his face. He completed his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Utah in 1947 and remained a loyal alumnus.
His executive career with Pacific Intermountain Express began in Salt Lake City, and led him to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he met the vivacious and darling Margaret Marie Bane on a blind date in Berkeley, Calif. Married in 1950, they raised four daughters in Orinda, Calif.
His integrity and competitive drive for success earned him the title of vice president of traffic. P.I.E. camping and fishing pals were his lifelong friends.
In 1983, he became the executive director of the Pacific Inland Tariff Bureau in Portland. He was an active Rotarian.
After retiring he and Margaret moved to Vancouver, Wash. He quickly filled his time golfing and volunteering for Share House, SCORE, Columbia Presbyterian Church and the Portland International Airport. His passion for gardening produced award-winning camellias.
He was a great friend with a quiet spirit, and while he delighted in saving a buck, he was very generous to his family and community.
Pete is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret; daughters, Lora Jane (Randy) King of Vancouver Wash., Elizabeth (Dave) Payette of Roseville, Calif., Mercedes (John) Pederson of Encinitas, Calif. and Catherine (Bill) Dieterich of Alamo, Calif. He was “Papa” to grandchildren Peter, Johanna, Meredith, Eric, Travis, Julia, Will and Elle, and loved by his nieces and nephews in Moab, Utah, Cheryl Tangren-Madden (preceded in death), Robert (Bobby) Tangren, Linda Tangren Bynam, and Toni Tangren Knowles.
At his request there will be a graveside service. Donations in his memory can be made to Share House, 1115 West 13th Street, Vancouver, WA., 98660 or Rotary International, www.rotary.org.