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Retirees Association

Peter William Bacon

April 26, 2016

Peter William Bacon, age 75, of Elk Rapids Township, Michigan, passed away Tuesday morning, April 26, 2016 at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City, after a long struggle with cancer and a brief but valiant fight following a heart attack. Peter spent the last week of his life surrounded by his wife, daughters, and sister.

Peter was born in Midland, Michigan on October 11, 1940 to Kenneth and Evelyn Bacon. Raised in a house of music enthusiasts, Peter developed a love of classical music early on. He joined the high school band where he made lifelong friends and met his future wife, Sharon Mattes. He attended Albion College, where he studied economics and accounting. After marrying Sharon on August 18, 1962, the couple moved to Bloomington, Indiana where Peter pursued his masters and doctorate at Indiana University. He spent the majority of his teaching career at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was a beloved University Professor and department chair, while helping to raise his four daughters. It is no small coincidence that a scholarship in his name, established at his retirement, seeks to support a non-traditional finance or financial services female student each year.

While he was passionate about his work, he was equally passionate about his three favorite months of the year: June, July and August. During those summer days, he spent his time at “the cottage” on Elk Lake with his family, playing tennis, sailing on the lake, and soaking up the sun on the shore. He developed many friendships through those summer activities, and ultimately retired to that same house where he enjoyed participating in the community year-round through the Elk Rapids Golf Club, bridge groups, and Sacred Heart parish. In more recent years, Peter and Sharon escaped the cold of “Up North” by spending their winters in Tucson, Arizona where they enjoyed hiking in the desert, playing golf, and volunteering to help feed the hungry at St. Cyril of Alexandria parish.

Peter is survived by his wife, Sharon, his four daughters, Maureen (Michael) Conroy, Julie (Luther Peacock) Bacon, Amy Smith, and Abigail (Jason Bergreen) Bacon; six, soon-to-be seven, grandchildren: Zachary, Nicholas and Jacob Smith; Rachel Redmond; Lucas Peacock; and Elizabeth Bergreen; and his sister, Carolyn (Thomas) McAnallen.