Peter “Pete” Thomas Cuthbert, 56, of La Grande, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held at Homestead Church, 60588 McAlister Road, La Grande on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:00am. Reception to follow.
Peter was born on November 21, 1962 in La Grande, OR to John and Marita Cuthbert. He resided in La Grande and Portland, OR. He graduated from La Grande High School where he was on the basketball team. He later attended Portland Community College and earned an Aviation Mechanic Degree.
Peter worked for Boeing building air craft wings, Continental Airlines, and later returned to La Grande to farm with his Dad. He loved the mountains, skiing, riding his motorcycle, and flying his ultralight plane. In 1995 Peter was in a serious car accident. He was in a coma for three months and had to relearn everything. He was legally quadriplegic but did have limited use of his limbs. He was determined that he would walk again and spent hours exercising and reaching and praying for his goals. He loved to play board games and his sense of humor often came through.
Although he didn't accomplish his goal to walk again, his faith, determination, effort and positive outlook was an inspiration to many who knew him.
Peter is survived by his father, John Cuthbert of La Grande; sister, Jeri Mackley (Jay) of La Grande; brother, Fred Cuthbert of Talent, OR; and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marita (Bell) Cuthbert.