- Published on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:13
We are saddened to hear of the passing of John Peto. John raced with us here at Summit Motorsports Park many years ago and has many friends and fans. John was a lifelong racer of inline sixes. He was a great innovator, an absolute wizard of a machinist, and owner of one of the baddest seven-second six cylinder altereds on the planet. His wife, Ann, was also a two-time IHRA world champion in their Ford powered altered.
Please keep Ann and John's family in your prayers.
John C. Peto, 70 of Burton, Ohio, passed away on July 22, 2013. Born April 10, 1943 in East Cleveland, son of the late John and Margaret Peto. Beloved husband of 49 years, of Ann (nee Panik). Brother of the late James L. (Sharon) Peto.
John was an avid hunter, fisherman and car enthusiast. He was a drag racing two-time World Champion. John's forte' was making the 6-cylinder motors out-perform all others. John was known to many through his company, "John's Nuts". Because of his work on rearends, he called himself "The Automotive Proctologist".
John was a true friend to many. He was a teacher to young and old with his innovative ideas and creations. You would never say to him "that can't be done!"
John served his country from 1966-1968 in the U.S. Army, mainly on the DMZ in Korea. He received letters, along with lapel pins, from the Infantry Commander for "achieving the highest score in the battalion with the M-14 rifle"; from the Infantry Acting Commander for "outstanding marksmanship"; and from a Major General for "successfully completing the Chemical and Biological Operations and Nuclear Warfare School".
No Funeral service will be observed. Family and friends are invited to a "gathering of friends" on August 4, 2013 from 2-6 PM at the American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin Avenue, Burton, Ohio 44021. Jeans/casual dress required. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John's memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, Warrensville Hts. Office, 4670 Richmond Rd., Warrensville Hts., OH 44128.
Ann wishes to sincerely thank Warrensville Heights Hospice for the wonderful care and support given, especially thanking Hospice Nurse Debi Brinkman and Hospice Dr. Laura Shoemaker.