Obituary of Peter Bluto
Peter Firmin Bluto died peacefully surrounded by family in Deland, Florida on September 6th at the age of 70. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 12th 2018 at 1:00 at the Lankford Funeral Home located at 220 East New York Ave. Deland, Florida.
Peter Bluto was born on September 10th 1947 in Burlington, Vermont to Firmin and Imelda (Smith) Bluto. He graduated from Rice Memorial High School in 1965. Following high school, Peter joined and served in the Navy until 1968. He joined the Vermont Air National Guard in 1972, serving in the Civil Engineering Squadron until his retirement as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1999. During his time in the military Peter served in both the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm and was part of several humanitarian deployments constructing schools, hospitals, and homes in developing nations.
Peter joined the family business and was a general contractor in the Burlington area for over 20 years with over ten of those being with his brother in law Stephen White. As a contractor Peter took pride in his work, which was evident in all the homes that he constructed or remodeled. Upon his retirement in 1999 he moved to Florida and married Deborah Barr in 2001. Not being a man prone to sitting still, he continued to work doing carpentry, landscaping, and property management.
Peter was also involved in several community and veterans groups such as the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was the Commander of the Adam Quinn American Legion Post 6 in Deland. Peter loved animals and in his off time enjoyed traveling, boating, motorcycling, and woodworking.
Peter is survived by his wife, Deborah; former wife Susan; children; Kevin and Jassen, stepchildren; James and Kimberly, his sister Rebecca (Bluto) White and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Peter joins his sister Judith Bluto who passed in November of 2017 and his parents Imelda who passed in 1996 and Firmin in 1997.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to Journeys End Animal Sanctuary in Deland Florida; http://www.journeysendsanctuary.org/