Letter: Good-hearted man was unforgettableWhether or not you knew him, you probably knew who he was, or at least recognized him. His name was Grant Peter Jones, but we all knew him as Pete.
By: John Wiskerchen, Spring Valley, River Falls Journal
Whether or not you knew him, you probably knew who he was, or at least recognized him. His name was Grant Peter Jones, but we all knew him as Pete.
He was a lifelong resident of River Falls and a longtime employee of the Holiday Station store and the EconoFoods.
Back in the day when the attendants would pump your gas, you would always see Pete running out to greet you with a smile. As he washed your windows and filled your tank, he could always be counted on for friendly banter.
Instead of delegating duties to younger employees, Pete would always share time on the “drive” with the other employees — even on the coldest winter nights.
Later, as he transitioned to the local EconoFoods, he still always greeted you with a smile and friendly conversation. He loved music and would talk about it for hours or as long as you would listen to him.
At the local establishments, he was often known to head for the jukebox and sing along to his favorite rock-and-roll classics. On special occasions he would be known to break out his “air-guitar” for everyone’s entertainment.
Tragically, Pete was taken from this earth on March 11, but his life and passing deserve to be recognized. Although my relationship with Pete was minimal, I and many other residents of River Falls will remember him fondly.
He was kind and always had good words and a smile for you. He had a good heart and will be missed by many.