On the morning of February 3rd, 2020 Pedro 'Pete’ Avila passed away suddenly, at his Port Richey home, in his favorite chair, at the age of 83. Although, no one was present at his passing, he knew he was not alone. His beautiful wife was waiting for him, and he knew, without a doubt, that his daughter and his family loved him unconditionally. Pete was born in Monterrey, Mexico on February 23rd, 1936 to Maria de Jesus Partida de Avila and Jose Avila Tafoya. On June 6, 1964 he married Sylvia Sue Keneipp in Las Vegas, NV. On July 18th, 1964 they married again in San Pedro, California in a formal ceremony with the Justice of the Peace. They celebrated 53 years of marriage, until the passing of his beloved wife on November 2nd, 2017.
Pete was many things to many people, but above all, he was a loving father, devoted spouse, loyal friend, hardworking employee, and patriotic armed force private. Pete enjoyed spending time with with his beautiful wife, daughter and family. Pete also enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing pool, smoking the occasional cigar, watching old TV Westerns, listening to opera, having a beer with friends at the American Legion, and savoring a great meal. Pete also achieved a Hole-In-One, TWICE, in his formidable golf career and even shot his age, just last year. Although, he couldn't strike the ball like he used to, he still hit it straight and down the middle and had a short game that everyone was envious of.
Pete grew up on a ranch in Monterey, Mexico, for the first 18 years of his life. He was the 3rd of 7 children. When Pete turned 18, he decided to take a road trip to San Pedro, California to visit his brother. He liked it so much, that he applied for a green card and a permanent residence status. Pete joined the United States Army Reserves in 1958-1961 and was Honorably discharged in 1965. During Pete's time in San Pedro, he met his future wife and only love of his life, on a blind date. In 1969, Pete and Sylvia moved back to Indiana to be closer to her family and eventually raise his only child, Adriana. Pete was a dedicated employee and only held 2 positions during his tenure in Indiana. Pete also had a "do-it-yourself" attitude. He fancied himself a bit of a barber, and even obtained his Cosmetology License in the 1980's. Although his primary customer was his brave wife, he still volunteered to cut anyone's hair that would let him. He also obtained his Mechanic's license and dabled on many of his cars, especially his Candy Apple Red 1967 Mustang that was his pride and joy, 2nd only to his family. On October 24th, 1995, after the passing of his dear Mama, Pete decided that he wanted to be fully committed to the country that he lived and served for, and became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States. Pete and Sylvia spent 32 years in Newburgh, Indiana before retiring from the Evansville School Corporate in 2001, and moving to Port Richey, Florida to spend the rest of their years.
Pete's quiet charm, un-assumable wit and endearing spirit will be missed by many. Pete is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Adriana and Brian Tinney; two grandchildren Brandon (Anny) and Ellie Tinney (Matt); 4 siblings, Irene, Julio, Gilbert and Vicente Avila in Monterrey, Mexico and many close friends. Pete was predeceased by his wife, Sylvia K. Avila, his Parents and two Sisters.