STERLING – Peter M. Razo Sr. of Sterling passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He would have been 100 years old this year.
He was born June 28, 1914, in Camargo, Okla., the son of John and Maria (Montecino) Razo. He was united in marriage to Tillie M. Conchola on Sept. 29, 1935, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Silvis. She died Nov. 17, 1973.
Peter was employed by the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1975. He had also owned the Razzle Inn in East Moline. He was an avid Chicago White Sox fan. In his younger years, he played baseball for the “Aztecs” in the Quad Cities. In the Sterling-Rock Falls area he played for the “Mexican Aces” and the “Sterling All Stars.” He enjoyed boxing and was a Golden Gloves boxer. To pass the time in his later years, he took up canvas needlework and jewelry making. He enjoyed spending time with his beloved pet companion, “Molly.”
He is survived by five sons, John (Pam) Razo of Tucson, Ariz., Peter (Kay) Razo Jr., Tom Razo, and Lee (Carol) Razo, all of Sterling, and Richard (Joann) Razo of Blue Grass, Iowa; four daughters: Mary Clark of Sandwich, his caretaker, Dorothy Razo of Sterling, Gloria Olds of Rock Falls, and Lynda Larson of Bedford, Texas; his son-in-law, Roy Klapprodt of Sterling; 35 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; 13 stepgrandchildren; two brothers; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Joyce Klapprodt; four brothers; one sister; and three sons-in-law, Ed Olds Sr., Douglas Clark, and Alan Larson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Christian wake service read at 5 p.m., Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Rev. James Keenan, celebrant, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, St Jude Research Children’s Hospital, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.