Peter Voitenko

Peter Voitenko, 81, Independence, MO (formerly of Shenandoah, IA), died January 14, 2008, after a brief illness.
Pete was born on February 26, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York, to Fred and Rose (Koprla) oitenko. Raised in the Bronx, he joined the Army Air Corps after graduating from high school. In 1945, while stationed at Fort Lowry in Denver, CO, he met and married Evelyn Keith. After the war, he attended Kansas State University on the GI Bill.
For several years, Pete was an on-air personality and sportscaster at various radio stations in the Midwest. He left radio to work for the Federal government, overseeing Head Start and Job Corps programs in southwest Iowa. After that he worked in sales for Mount Arbor Nurseries and Crownline Plastics. Pete was an avid golfer. He captured the Shenandoah City Golf Championship in 1971, scoring a hole-in-one in the final round.
Pete was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years, Evelyn, in 2005. Surviving are his four children, Tom Voitenko, Lake Ozark, MO; Maureen Kelpe, Omaha, NE; Jana Voitenko, Plainfield, IL; and Mark Voitenko, Independence, MO; four grandchildren, Bret Voitenko, Ryan Voitenko, Aaron McIlvoy, and Joel Kelpe; and four great-grandchildren, Elissa and Devin McIlvoy, and Jacob and Delaney Voitenko. He is also survived by his brother, Fred Voitenko, San Clemente, CA. (arr. Heartland Cremation & Burial Society (816) 313-1677)


  1. Mike and Liz Storlie on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Hey Jana, Tim, and all your family, May God’s peace be upon you and your family, in this time. Your father had a wonderful life. What it gift it was for you to be with him in his time of passing. God bless you all. We’re thinking about you.

  2. Steve and Wendy Buffer on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    We are good friends with his son, Mark, and extend to the entire family our heartfelt sadness for your father’s passing. We found his obit to be quite touching. He had what seems to have been a very full and rewarding life. Here’s to keeping that tradition alive.

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