An Individual who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to advance the vitality and well-being of the community throughout the years.
Pete’s memory and love for Osceola goes back to when he was student at the country school on County Road M. One of the biggest treats Pete and his friends had then was to come to the big town of Osceola. If Pete had been a good boy, he might even get a dime to go see a movie at the Star Theater while his parents shopped at Kochs or Gambles and perhaps enjoyed an adult beverage at PYs or the Cascade. As a kid Pete also remembers going to Braves baseball games and chasing foul balls just as kids do today.
Pete graduated Osceola High School in 1956 and became a forever Chieftain. Pete married Diane (the love of his life) in 1961. Their three children and now two grandchildren also call Osceola High School their alma mater.
Pete’s has worn many hats in his life. He has been: transportation director for the Osceola School District; owner/operator of the Pizza Cellar and Mainstreeter Café in downtown Osceola (with Diane); school board member for Osceola Schools; 8th grade football coach for Osceola and videographer for Chieftain football games.
Do you see a pattern here? Yes, most of his activities include working with the Osceola community and Osceola students.
Pete sums it up perfectly: “We had a great town in the 40s. We have a great town today. Gambles may be gone but now we have Bill’s Ace Hardware. Kochs may be gone but now we have Dick’s Fresh Market. Prosper Young is gone but now we have Steve Johnson. Town stores change, owners change, buildings change. What makes Osceola special is HEART and that has never changed.”
Team of authors contribute. Germaine Ross, Chamber Director, Nancy Beck, Board Member.