November 5, 1927 ~ June 11, 2013
John W. “Pete” Markey, age 85, of Fargo, passed away at Rosewood on Broadway on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Pete joined the love of his life, June Beverly Gronland, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, having been married to June for 57 years. They were wed on August 22, 1949 at First Lutheran Church in Fargo. John was born to Frank and Ruth (Satter) Markey on November 5, 1927, at Casselton, ND. He grew up in Casselton and attended school there until moving to Fargo with his family where he attended Fargo Central HIgh. Pete enlisted in the Navy and served during World War Two. He was an officer/member of Messiah Lutheran Church for many years, cooked at the Wild Game Feed, the Mother-Daughter Banquets and numerous church events. He served on the Fargo City Commission from 1958 until 1974. He joined Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and worked there for 38 years until retiring. Over the years Pete was a Boy Scout leader for 12 years, a former president of the Communications Workers of America Local 7303, President of the Fargo Blazers Hockey Club, and a member of Teamster Local 116, Fargo American Legion Post 7, Life member Casselton VFW Post 4655, and Telephone Pioneers of America.
He is survived by his daughter, Peggy, Detroit Lakes; his son, Jim (A.J.) Markey, Casselton; his daughter-in-law, Debbie Markey, Fargo; 6 grandchildren, Kristie, Emmy, Brandon, Joseph, Mariah, and Jacob; 9 great-grandchildren, Rhiannon, Belladonna, Byron, Mason, Hallie, Neil, Braden, Madalyn, and Jaxon. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, 3 brothers: Albert, Robert, and Frank Jr., 1 sister, Betty, son, John, and grandson, Tim.