CENTRALIA, Ill. —
Harold Peter “Pete” Aydt I, 85, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Pete was born July 15, 1928, in Centralia, the son of Leonard and Cecelia Aydt. He married Phyllis Davis on Feb. 3, 1951, at St. Mary’s Rectory in Centralia, and she survives in Centralia.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is also survived by seven children, Linda Moergen and husband Jim of Centralia, Harold “Pete” Aydt II and wife Rhonda of Centralia, Mary Jones and husband Rick of Centralia, Mark Aydt and wife Rene of Centralia, Jan Budde and husband Dan of Centralia, Cindy Wobbe and husband Scott of Collinsville, and Lori Alli and fiancé Ron Kindred of Terre Haute; 14 grandchildren, John Moergen and special friend Katie, Jamie Moergen and special friend Tom Horton, Tracy Lance and husband Boyd, Jennifer Schempp and husband Jason, Teresa Weilmuenster and husband Chad, Kristie Carter and special friend Josh Watts, Tim Aydt and wife Kalani, Elisabeth Crompton and husband Brian, Andy Headley and special friend Kendra, Danny Headley, Josh Wobbe, Shannon Wobbe, Nicole Alli and spcial friend Ben Konnig, and Brock Alli and fiancé Taylor Jones; step-grandchildren Tricia Hubert and husband Brian of Albers, Russell Budde and wife Jennifer of Bartelso, and Brad Budde of Bartelso; 13 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; a brother, August Aydt of Centralia; in-laws Jim Davis and wife Marlene, Helen Childers and husband Paul, Gary Davis and wife Cindy, Sharon Thomas, Liz Davis and Dorothy Aydt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert Aydt, William Aydt and Edward Aydt; two sisters, Mary Williams and husband Jerry, and Lorene Hollenkamp and husband Tony; mother-in-law Florence Schwartz; father-in-law Edward Davis; three brothers-in-law, Toby Davis, Edward Davis and Jim Thomas; and a sister-in-law, Frances Aydt.
Pete retired from the post office after 25-plus years. He enjoyed gardening, bird and rabbit hunting, farming, his family car drives on Sundays and spending time at the Aydts’ Aching Acres Strawberry Patch. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus. Most of all, Pete loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial for Harold “Pete” Aydt I will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia, with Father Justin Olisaemeka and Monsignor David Darin officiating. Burial to follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Centralia. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia. A prayer service will take place at 5 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the Centralia Food Pantry, which will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: