Aug. 28, 1934—April 11, 2019
Walter Riley “Pete” Gregg, 84, died Thursday, April 11, at his home in Port Townsend, WA. Pete is survived by his wife of 64 years Carol (Girard) Gregg; his daughters Lori Fernandez, Gretchen Hyatt; his son Jake Gregg; and 6 grandchildren. Pete Gregg was born in Beaver, OK. When Pete was two, his parents Carl Gregg and Fay (Wagner) Gregg fled the dust bowl and headed west with Pete and his four older siblings; Jake, Emma Jean, Jerry, and Jim. The family settled in Lexington, WA. Pete attended Kelso High School (Class of ‘52) where he met Carol Girard (Class of ‘53). They married in 1954. After High School, Pete enlisted in the Naval Reserve, attended Lower Columbia Community College, and worked at various jobs. In 1963 he entered active duty in the U.S. Navy and moved to Southern California with his young family. Six Duty Stations and 24 years later, he retired as a Chief Petty Officer. After retirement, Pete and Carol ran the Ryderwood Store/Café in Ryderwood, WA, for 6 years, before permanently retiring and moving to Clayton WA, north of Spokane. In 2014, they moved to Port Townsend to be closer to their young grandchildren. Pete Gregg was a kind, humble, peaceful man with a great sense of humor. He loved working on his property and playing in the outdoors. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and brother. While we are happy that he is at peace, we miss him tremendously. A memorial service and social honoring Pete Gregg will be held Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m., Abundant Life Church of the Nazarene, Kelso, WA. Friends are also welcome to join the family for a brief graveside service with military honors at 11 a.m., Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens, Kelso, WA.