Free ice cream floats in honor of Pete Vonachen

By Marshanna Hester

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 7:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The community continues to mourn the passing of Pete Vonachen.

He is remembered as a man who loved many things: Peoria, baseball and ice cream.

One local business owner offered the community a chance to cure their sweet tooth just as Pete did every Tuesday.

The Spotted Cow in Peoria gave away free floats. Owner Frank Abdnour says chocolate was Pete's favorite.

But he says the memories go beyond ice cream.

"Pete was always bugging me about why I wouldn't put something up with the Cubs, the Cubs or the Cubs and I said no, this a White Sox, I'm a White Sox fan," Abdnour said. "So he brought in a Chiefs logo autographed and did a great job on it. I said that's about as close as, we'll allow that."

"When you have a life as Pete led, so full, so complete, making so many contributions to others and all the while doing it with a smile, you can think of nothing but a celebration," said friend Rick Miller. "And I think what Frank is doing here today is a classic celebration of Pete's life."

Visitation for Pete Vonachen will be Thursday, June 13 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Northwoods Community Church, and again on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights.

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m.

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