May 30, 2019 — Sweet Pete Maury flew west on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Pete was born in Nashville, Tenn., on April 16, 1931. Though born in Nashville, he grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., proudly serving his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954, with time spent in Korea at Kimpo Air Base.
His electrical technician skills were put to good use with the Federal Aviation Administration, building and installing instrument landing systems all over the eastern half of the U.S.
His piloting career started in 1957. He was eventually hired by United Airlines in 1966, serving as a flight crew member on various airplanes, finally retiring in 1992 as a 737 captain.
After his retirement, he took to the road in his motor home, seeing the country he once flew over, which is how he ended up in Florence.
His adopted home got him involved with the Elks, where he held various leadership positions. He was a Master Recycler, a member of the Western Lane County Radio Club, and was a regular at the Florence Airport serving as volunteer airport manager.
He received his Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award — the FAA’s highest award — in June 2017 for 50 years of safe, accident-free flying.
He also spent his Christmas as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army; his community service knew no bounds.
He is survived by his loving wife Bea; his two sons, American Airlines Captain Rick Maury and Robert Maury; three grandchildren: Lance Maury, Wayne Maury and Kitty Maury-Araiza; and great-grandchildren: Noah Maury and Inara Maury.
Pete will be missed by all. Godspeed Pete, our friend.
Instead of flowers, Sweet Pete would encourage a donation to your favorite charity.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 13, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Florence Elks Lodge. A wake will immediately follow.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.