Obituary of Pete Contla

Pete Contla, age 79, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, formerly of Harbor City, CA, passed away Monday, November 26, 2018.

He was born October 24, 1939, in Los Angeles, CA, the son of Ygnacio A. Contla and Serafina Trujillo Contla.

He was a hard-working young man who followed in his father’s footsteps by working closely with him in the landscaping and masonry business. Even after his father’s passing, Pete continued this line of work in addition to cutting Palos Verdes flagstone by hand, which is a rare profession normally done by saw.

Pete was married three times. Out of those three unions came three children. With his first wife Vicki, Pete had daughter Cathie Lea Contla (Brower), with his second wife Ann, he had son Antonio Gilberto Contla, with his third wife Ingrid, a daughter, Melissa Anne Goff.

Pete loved playing cards, pool and darts. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan, loved to play golf, go fishing, and watch horseraces. His favorite thing above all was spending time with his granddaughters! Whether it included watching Monday Night RAW, fishing, teaching them to cook or going to the park, he was at his happiest being with them.

Survivors include his daughter, Melissa Goff, Ft. Scott; son-in-law, Frankie Schubert, Ft. Scott; daughter, Cathie Brower and husband Keith, Yreka, CA; son Antonio (Tony) Contla and wife Gina, Burnsville, NC; grandchildren, Hannah Grace-Marie Schubert and Tobyn Marianne Schubert, Ft. Scott, and Robin Nicole Contla, Las Vegas, NV; sisters Amelia De La Cruz and husband Gerardo (Lalo), Paramount, CA, and Serah Gurule, Long Beach, CA. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and his last wife Ingrid, who even through divorce, continued to care for him until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ezekiel (Zeke) Contla, Robert (Bob) Contla, and Ignacio (Ruben) Contla; a sister, Gertrude (Trudie) Contla; nephew, Ruben Contla; a niece Delores (Penny) Bostick; a nephew, Genaro Acosta; and a special friend that was a 3rd daughter, Amanda Leigh Thron.

There was cremation. Memorial services will be announced at a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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