Pete was born in Washburn, N.D., to Jake and Katherine Arlt. Pete and his family resided in Libby since 1967.
Pete passed away Aug. 15 with his daughter, Sherry Lee, by his side. Marge, Pete’s wife of 69 years, passed away in 2016. Pete and Marge grew up in the same town and went to the same elementary school. Pete and Marge had a long history. When they were in the fourth grade, Pete saw Marge at recess and told his friend, “One day I’m going to marry that girl,” and by golly, he did.
They were born the same year, one day apart. Pete was born July 19 and Marge on July 20, 1926. They are now reunited in the next life.
Pete was a hard-working and proud man. He loved his family and took good care of them. He has four daughters, Carol Sack (Don) of Snohomish, Wash., Mary Zaic (Rocky) of Fort Smith, Sherry Lee (Jan) of Libby and Cathy Anderson of Spokane, Wash. He has a brother, David Arlt, of Vancouver, Wash., and a sister, Doris Broehl, of Stockton, Calif. He has eight grandchildren, Danette Sack, Lisa Chavez, Pete Zaic, Devin Zaic, Mindie Moncur, Salina Lee, Don DeShazer and Lloyd DeShazer. He has 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pete was proceeded in death by his grandson, Kevin Sack, in 2005, his granddaughter, Amy DeShazer, in 2016, and his son-in-law, Rudy Anderson, in 2005.
Pete spent time in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for the railroad and had one of the first railroad cards that were given to workers. He worked for the city of Washburn before deciding to hit the construction trail. He joined the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1951. He worked in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana, where he and his family settled and where Pete worked on the Libby Dam.
Pete enjoyed talking about old times and enjoyed sharing stories of his life. It was not a good idea for anyone to plan anything for Pete on Thursdays as he faithfully attended the Sather’s Auction in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, that day. This was the highlight of his week. He liked to get to the auction early so he could “shoot the bull” with his friends. Pete attended the auction every week for over 45 years!
Pete’s family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the many health care providers in Libby who cared for Pete during his final days. Their care and kindness towards Pete and his family are deeply appreciated.
The family will not be holding a funeral service for Pete. Instead, donations in Pete’s memory can be sent to the: Shriners Hospitals for Childrenin Spokane, 911 West 5th Ave, Spokane, WA, 99204
“Missing you is not the problem … it’s knowing you’re never coming back that I can’t handle.” — Sally Morgen.