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1933 Peter 2021

Peter Claesen Wykoff

August 17, 1933 — July 12, 2021

Peter was born on August 17, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was the son of the late Leward Cornelius Wykoff and Dorothy Young Wykoff.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Carol Thompson Wykoff and his sister Mary Louise Sangdahl and his twin brother Dr. Thomas Wykoff.

He is survived by his two sons John David Wykoff and his wife Sharon of Nashville, TN and William Scott Wykoff and his wife Wendy of Olney, MD and four grandchildren Christopher Wykoff and his wife Stefanie, William Wykoff, Emily Wykoff and Henry Wykoff and his sister, Nancy Sharp of Cleveland, OH.

He was Uncle Pete to nephews and nieces Pieter Wykoff, Cyndi Archibald, Carrie Wykoff-Motel, Bonnie Sharp, Susie Sharp, Dr. Abbie Frost, Dr. Christopher Sangdahl, John Sangdahl, the late Lauritz Ericson, the late Gordon Sharp Jr., Penn Plummer, Thomas Plummer, Julia Gorman, Douglas Thompson, Mitsie Koos, Mary Martha Koos, Rebecca Koos, Mac Koos and Frederic Koos.

Growing up on Manchester Road in Shaker Heights, he attended Malvern Elementary School and was a graduate of Hawken School in 1948, University School in 1951 and Amherst College in 1955. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force before graduating from the Case Western Reserve Law School in 1961.

After being admitted to the Ohio Bar, he joined the trust department at Union Trust before practicing law with Calfee, Halter & Griswold and before beginning what would be a 40-plus year career as a respected trust officer at National City Bank in Cleveland.

A proud lifelong Clevelander, he was a member of the Cleveland Skating Club, Rockwell Springs Trout Club, Deep Springs Trout Club, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Trout Club, The Rowfant Club and the former Cleveland Athletic Club.

He volunteered with Junior Achievement, sharing his personal and professional experiences and skills with Cleveland-area students.

As an avid fly fisherman, Peter travelled extensively, enjoying time on many beautiful rivers with many lifelong friends.

For decades he enjoyed trips with his family to the R Lazy S Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and to Qui Vive on Georgian Bay in Ontario.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Judson Foundation, 2181 Ambleside Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106 where a Funeral Service, including Military Honors,  will be held, Saturday, July 23rd at 11 AM.

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