Armin B. “Pete” Gildehaus, 82, of Washington, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Creve Coeur. Pete was born on September 8, 1937, in Washington to the late John and Agnes (nee Maune) Gildehaus and was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Alfermann on April 26, 1958, at St. Gertrude Catholic Church. Pete was a very active member of St. Gertrude’s Church in Krakow, a 3rd degree knight of the Knights of Columbus in Washington, and a lifetime member of the Elks lodge #1559. He had retired from Droege’s Wholesale store after 55 years. Pete enjoyed playing golf at Franklin County Country Club, bowling, playing cards, and throwing horseshoes. During the summer and into early fall he could be found listening to Cardinals baseball games and BBQing. Pete’s first love was his family. He was a dedicated husband of 62 years, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the VFW Post 2661 Brick memorial.
Pete is survived by his wife Ginny Gildehaus of Washington; five children, Becky Slaten and husband Eddie of Sikeston; Brenda Cochran and husband Brian of St. James; Brian Gildehaus and wife Sherry of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Joe Gildehaus and wife Cathie of Dutzow; and Michele Gildehaus of St. Charles; one sibling, Eldie Toben of Washington; grandchildren, Emily Slaten and husband Andrew Fay, Mathew Slaten, David Gildehaus and Mario Kriete and wife Beth; great-grandchildren, Ian Fay, Connor Fay, Chase Kriete and Blaze Kriete; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, John Gildehaus, Melvin Gildehaus, Irene McDermott, Walter Gildehaus, Ervin Gildehaus, and Ester Minks.
The Gildehaus family is being served by Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home.
*The visitation will be open to the public. People that are attending will be asked to maintain a social distance of six feet. Seating may be limited, and people attending are welcome and encouraged to wear any type of protective face mask.
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