Pete Kammers (a.k.a. "Injun") passed away early this morning. He was in the hospital where he had surgery for a broken ankle. However, he died of complications from pneumonia. Pete would have been 78 years old in May.
Pete started with West Coast Airlines, as a mechanic, in August 1959 and retired in 1985 while working in Memphis. He had lived in Spokane since retirement.. Pete was born and raised in Oroville WA graduating from Oroville High School in 1950. He spent the next four years in the US Navy. Pete then entered his career in aviation by attending aircraft mechanics school in Tulsa OK. His lifelong love of flying also included being a licensed seaplane pilot. Pete loved his family and friends especially his airline buddies who were also his fishing pals. He retired after 32 years as an airplane mechanic and returned to his home in Spokane. Pete will be sorely missed by his family and by his friend and companion Buffy. Pete is survived by his wife of 15 years Noreen; stepsons Bill Rice, Steve Beck, Ken Beck, and Brian Beck; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Anna; daughter Sherri; wife Mary; brother Bob; and sisters Katherine and Ruth. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2009 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home 2203 N. Division. Vigil service will be Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church 1517 E. 33rd. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Spokane P.O. Box 2215 Spokane WA 99210. Please visit Pete's memorial and sign his online guestbook at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.