Peter J. "Pete" Padis

Peter J. "Pete" Padis

Gene Autry - Peter J. "Pete" Padis, a forty-two year resident of Gene Autry, passed away peacefully at his Grassland Road residence, Saturday, March 6, 2021, surrounded by his loving family. Peter was born September 22, 1927 in Pireaus, Greece to the late John and Koula Xihopadis.

At the age of twelve his Uncle, John Vervillis, took Peter into the Merchant Marines. He graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in Greece as the youngest graduate ever. After leaving the Merchant Marines he immigrated to the United States,

After arriving in the USA, he worked for the Ford Motor Co. and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the Ford Trade School. He worked in that position until retiring, to become the business owner of Sunrise Dairy Bar and the Woodland Skating Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One of the longest running business owners in Ypsilanti, Pete touched so many lives and was a blessing to the parents and children of the community.

After retiring from his Ypsilanti businesses, he and his wife, Donna moved to Oklahoma in 1979, making their home on the Padis Ranch, near the Gene Autry community in Oklahoma. Once settled here he opened the Athens Greek Cafe, in Ardmore, serving the finest Greek cuisine in Oklahoma.

A tireless and selfless volunteer, Pete was a member of the Ardmore Masonic Lodge #30 AF & AM and the India Temple Shrine. He was also a member of the Ardmore Kiwanis Club for more than fifty years, enjoying many friends and acquaintances. His specialty was flipping pancakes at the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day and also the Kiwanis Christmas event providing toys to children of the community.

In addition to his loving wife of fifty-three years, Donna Padis, Peter is survived by his daughter, Carol Rourk and husband, Bill of Florida; his son, John Padis of California, two grandchildren Cassie and Reece Rourk; also stepchildren, Lois Caddell, Linda Bradmon and Richard Bradmon of Ardmore and Robert Bradmon of Michigan; his Sister, Mina Pappas of Ohio and several cousins in Greece.

In addition to his parents, Peter was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie and a stepson, Ronald Bradmon.

A Gathering of Remembrance and Masonic Funeral Services for Peter will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.

Our beloved Peter blessed our lives in so many ways, and for that we are profoundly grateful; he will be missed but not forgotten.

Peter requested Cremation-With-Care provided by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, where condolences may be sent to the family online at

Published on March 09, 2021