Photos by Kris Van Ess
Posted October 10, 2016
Beloved teacher and coach Jeff Petrie passed away Saturday, the day after Riverview Middle School brought its own Homecoming parade to his street.
“Jeff was a remarkable person,” Superintendent Carrie Dassow said. “He served as a teacher, coach and a friend to so many. We will all miss him very much.”
Fearing that Mr. Petrie, who had lymphoma, would be too ill to attend the Plymouth High School Homecoming Parade on Friday, Riverview put together its own parade for him earlier that afternoon. The parade featured the Riverview Marching Band, which played "Take me Out to the Ball Game."
Johnson Bus Co. donated nine buses and fuel, and the drivers donated their time to transport the entire school – 625 students, plus teachers and staff members – to Mr. Petrie’s street.
His family knew in advance what was planned, but it was a surprise for Mr. Petrie, who came outside to greet students and staff.
Jeff Petrie, 51, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Silver Lake College in 2005. He taught fifth grade, initially at Horizon Elementary School and later at Riverview. He also coached soccer, basketball, baseball, cross country and girls’ softball for more than 25 years.
He served on the Plymouth School District Community Education & Recreation Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of the Plymouth Softball Association. His family was involved with AFS and enjoyed hosting students from other countries over the years.
His is survived by his wife, Lori, their children, Mickenzie and Brady; along with other family and friends. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth and again on Saturday, Oct. 15 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund is being established in Mr. Petrie’s name.