Peter Joseph Pete Fertello

October 11, 1927 ~ January 2, 2021
Peter Joseph Fertello was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Camas, WA, to Pete and Carmella Zollo Fertello. He was 93 years old when he passed Jan. 2, 2021, in Newberg, OR, with his new family by his side.
Peter graduated from Camas High School, joined the Navy with good friends, Bob Rodgers and Ken Gary. All three attended basic training and served together on the USS Sarasota. Peter was a gunnersmate third class. The three friends saw action in the Pacific and went to places like Okinawa, the Philippines and Iwo Jima. They all came home safe.
Peter went to George Fox College for a bachelors in ministry in 1951, becoming youth pastor of Newberg Friends Church in Newberg, OR.
He worked for some time at Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Camas, worked in construction, and worked for Cascade Pools in Portland, OR. Peter was a hard worker at whatever he did.
He loved hunting, fishing, woodworking, traveling and visiting with family and friends. In his later years, he began making pens and pencils in his nephew’s home in Washougal, WA, and gave sets to many people he knew and met.
In 2017, he reconnected with the love of his life, Shirley Cadd. Although their time together was short, Pete and Shirley enjoyed going to the ocean, visiting friends and friends at Camas VFW, Columbia Ridge, and DQ for ice cream.
Pete and Mary Fertello of Camas, Carmella Zollo and George Hulett of Salem, OR, sister, Evelyn Mason and half brother, David “Froggy” Fertello preceded Peter in death.
He is survived by the love of his life, Shirley; her daughters, Laurie Ross and Dan Van Dyke, Debra and Alan Martell, and Shelly Carson and granddaughter, Alexis and Brian Milbourn, all of Newberg. Peter is also survived by sons, Mark and Kathy Fertello of Brier, WA, Paul and Doreen Fertello and John and Sarah Fertello, all of McMinnville, OR, and daughter Laurie Fertello of Stanwood, WA, as well as nieces, Pam and Jim Clark, of Washougal, Melody and Jack Frach of Westport, OR, and nephew, Lyle and SonHui Mason, also of Westport; four great nieces, three great nephews, nine great-great nieces, one great-great nephew and one great-great-great niece. Numerous friends and family will miss his caring, smiling face and his stories of his time he served his country. He was a very proud veteran.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW Post 4278, 1940 NE Everett St., Camas, WA 98607.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown’s Funeral Home. To sign the online guest book, please visit Graveside service is pending.