Pete Monix was a quiet man and a hard worker who was devoted to his town, said Joann “Bobbie” Monix, his wife of 55 years.
“He loved to work,” she said. “He was always willing to do whatever it was that needed to get done.”
Clarence “Pete” Monix, 81, of St. John, died Sept. 18. He began working for the town of St. John as a young man, and became the town’s first full-time employee. He served the city for 50 years in a variety of capacities, including as Director of Public Works, which was his position when he retired. After he retired, he continued on the Board of Zoning Appeals.
He also was a volunteer fire fighter for 50 years, serving in every position, including chief.
Monix lost his father when he was young, and everyone pitched in to help his family out as he grew up, his wife said.
“He wanted to give back, and do whatever he could to help people out,” she said.
The couple met in her mother’s restaurant, because he used to hang out in the adjacent gas station.
“He came over to be introduced to me, and I’m not sure who turned the reddest, him or me,” she said. “But he asked me to the show.”
He enjoyed going to the area fairs and going to tractor pulls. He also enjoyed going out to eat, especially with his grandchildren.
He was devoted to his grandchildren, and wanted to spend as much time with them as he could, she said.
“He put family first, and he believed in being honest and working hard,” she said. “He was a sweet man.”