LTC (Ret) Pedro "Pete" Contreras

LTC (Ret) Pedro "Pete" Juan Contreras, 99 of Elizabethtown, passed away Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Radcliff Veterans Center. Pete grew up in Breckenridge, Oklahoma, attended a county school, high school in Garber, OK. He retired after 30 years of service in the US Army, Horse Cavalry and Infantry, serving during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He served in both 7th and 8th Cavalry regiments. Before and after retiring in 1968, Pete taught horsemanship (Horseback riding) at Fort Knox, and Elizabethtown and surrounding areas for over 40 years. He was active in his church and Gideons International, and over 30 years in prison and jail ministry. He taught Sunday School for 50+ years. Pete loved gardening just to give the vegetables away. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances, son, Christopher; parents, Juan Contreras and Estefania Mora, brothers, Anthony, Concepcion and Leonard and sisters, Pauline, Frances, Flora and Mary Lou. Pete is survived by his children, Peter II, Joel (Susan), Camille Lauderdale (Michael), Maria (Fred) Schmitt, Gerald Rae (Sharon), J. Calvin (Barbara), Norita, Jana, Kevin (Glynis); one brother, Louis; 21 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. The funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Judd officiating. Burial will follow in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Contributions may be made to Radcliff Veterans Center Advisory Board or Gideons International. Condolences may be expressed online at


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home


Thursday, February 28, 2019 starting at 10:00 AM
Brown Funeral Home

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