A gathering of friends will occur 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care in Ames, with a celebration of life service at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care in Ames.
Peter J. Lawrence, the son of Richard and Bettie (Elder) Lawrence, was born April 1, 1953, in Spencer. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1971 and from the University of South Dakota in 1975. He then worked for KICD in Spencer before moving to Ames in 1987.
He was a member of Evening Shade Lodge No. 312 A.F.& A.M. of Spencer and Abu Bekr Shriners of Sioux City. He enjoyed being a church organist for over 25 years. Peter was a freelance photographer who captured photographs at Wounded Knee in 1973. He recently became an official storm chaser. Peter was an audio specialist at WOI Radio for 21 years. There, he provided audio production assistance for numerous musical and news events, including the Des Moines Symphony orchestra, Third Thursday, Iowa Week, the state fair broadcasts and other live and recorded broadcasts. Also during his tenure, Peter was coordinator of the Ames uplink of the National Public Radio (NPR) satellite distribution system. In this role he worked with producers and the satellite operations center to schedule and distribute public radio programs throughout the world.
Mr. Lawrence was preceded in death by his father.
Peter Lawrence is survived by his wife, Dodie, of Ames; his children: Erica Holt of Colorado, Jarrod Holt of Ames and Ashley Lawrence of Ames; his mother, Bettie Lawrence, of Spencer; a sister, Alice (Richard) Kehr, of Spencer; other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to WOI Radio in Ames.