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Peter F. 'Sonny' Sherlock

Mar 2, 2012 - Staff

Peter F. "Sonny" Sherlock, 72, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at his home on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Mr. Sherlock died from a cancerous tumor on his intestine. He had had surgery for this problem about two years ago, but the tumor reoccurred and chemo therapy was unsuccessful.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the First Baptist Church in Lander.

Peter F. Sherlock was born April 6, 1939, at Bishop Randall Hospital in Lander, the son of James L. and Opal M. Sherlock of South Pass City. He grew up there with brothers, Jimmy, born in 1940, and Kenny, born in 1943.

In 1948, the Sherlock family sold their interests in South Pass City and bought a property near Lander. He completed high school in 1956, earning a scholarship to the University of Wyoming where he attended for three semesters.

Returning to Lander, he took a job in the analysis laboratory at Lucky Mc in the Gas Hills.

In 1959, he went to the territory of Hawaii, taking a job at Hawaii Testing Laboratories. After several months there, that company contracted to do quality monitoring for the U.S. Army, building an anti-missile base on the island of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Mr. Sherlock volunteered and spent the next two years there.

Mr. Sherlock joined the U.S. Army in 1962, signing up for a four-year term to get his choice of advanced training. He opted to study the Indonesian language and was assigned to Fort Mead, Md., where he translated Indonesian newspapers and recorded radio messages.

Returning to Hawaii in 1966, he took a job with a masonry company, and then began working for Roto-Rooter in 1981. He started his own sewer cleaning company, which he operated until 1995.

Mr. and Mrs. Sherlock moved to the Big Island where he did some sewer work, more masonry work and various construction jobs.

Mr. Sherlock is survived by his wife of 35 years, Loretta K. Sherlock; their daughter, Lei Kanoa Sherlock; five stepchildren, Sherry Stowell and George, Chuck, Nalani and Gerrine Woodward; two brothers, Jim and Ken Sherlock.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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