Peter D. and Beverly J. Trone
He began as a Woodcraft counselor in 1949. Went off into the militay in 1951 and returned in 1953. He was a graduate
of the Culver Naval School. He worked year around until 1977 in summer admissions at Culver Military Academy.
In 1959 he was a part of the the organization of what today is the Plan Commission and BZA, of which a committe of
concerened citizen's was formed on 15 June 1959 and the plan was adopted by the town of Culver and went into
effect on 1st of January 1960. He retired in decemeber 2010 from the BZA after serving for 34 years . He was in his
possession a booklet containing a copy of the first zoning ordiances printed in April of 1960, which could be the only
remaining copy in existence.
Peter D. Trone Wins Top U, S. 1960 Census Post
Heads District Staff Of 458
The U. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, has announced the appointment of Peter D. Trone of Culver
as the Directorof the General Census of, 1960 for the Third Congressional District.
This Indiana District is comprised o f LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall Counties. Census headquarters will be
located in the new Library Building. 122 W. Wayne St,, South Bend.
As the Third District is the second largest in Indiana, population wise, a sizeable staff will be required, employing some 24
crewleaders and 422 enumerators to cover the four counties.
Mr. Trone will also have an office staff of some 10 or 1 2 persons, as technical directors, supervisors, and clerks. During the
remainder of January and through February the testing and training of applicants for positions as clerks and enumerators
Peter Trone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don. G. Trone, 2324 East Shore Lane, attended Butler University and Rollins College,
Winter Park, Fla. He is a graduate of the Culver Summer Schools and was honored with the rank of Regimental
Commander in 1948. Since 1949 he has been on the staff of instructors in the Summer Schools, and last year was
promoted to the position of Division Commanderwith the rank of Major.
Active In Civic Affairs
He is a member of the Culver -Union Township Library Board, serving also as treasurer. "Pete" also has held the office of
secretary-treasurer of the Culver Chamber of Commerce for the past three years, and has been active in the formation
of t h e Culver Zoning and Planning Commission, of which he is also a member.
Mr. Trone is attending the U. S. Department of Commerce training School in Chicago this week, and upon completion of
this period of training will return to open the Bureau of Census office and organize the large staff required to complete
the forthcoming Census.He has had valuable experience in this line, as he recently completed his duties as Supervisor of
Farma nd Agricultural Census for Marshall County which was taken this last fall. He demonstrated his organizational and
executive abilitites in that census and as aresult was awarded the much more important and responsible position to
which he has just been appointed. - Culver Citizen WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1960
1960, Jan 27 - Peter D. Trone, 31-year-old supervisor of the U.S. census in Indiana's 3rd Congressional District, uses a
floor for district maps in his furniture-bare office In the basement of South Bend's new Public Library. Trone opened the
district office Monday, He said furniture Is expected soon. Trone said the office eventually will be manned by a staff of
15. Trone, a Culver merchant, said the census in the district's four counties, St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte and Marshall
will begin April 1
The Trones, who were married in 1974 line on Academy Road in Culver . They have one son Bradd J. Geariety, now
in the United States Navy.
The Trones met when Brad and his mother came to Culver to investigate Bradd's enrollment in the Woodcraft Camp.
Beverly had lived in the Cleveland, Ohio area all of her life. Peter had grown up in Culver and Indianapolis.
Peter had been involved in local affairs for may years. He was treasurer of the family business, The Don Trone Shop,
until the shop was closed in1978.
He now has a sales business. He has been a member of the Culver Town Plan Commission, and served one term as
president. He was secretary of the Board of Zoning appeals. For ten years he was treasurer of the Culver Library Board.
A long time member of the Makinkuckee Yacht Club, he was commodore in 1970. Peter is a member of the East Shore
Lane Neighborhood Association and served 15 years as secretary. He attended Butler University.
From 1958 to 1985 Peter Trone was a high school football official. He was invited to officiate the first state playoffs in
1973, and was head linesman in the final game. He has bee assigned to the playoffs many times since.
Beverly, who attended Bowling Green State University, is a member of the library staff at the Culver Academies. She is
a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa, and has been involved in the Tri Kappa "Christmas in July" benefit. She is a member
of the MaxinkuckeeYacht Club.
The Trones are avid gardeners, supplying the neighborhood with produce each year. The Trones are Lutheran. - Peter
Trone - History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986
(Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422) Marshall County Historical Society pg 430
Note Peter is the son of Donaldson G. Trone
He has been active in the Lake Maxinkuckee Associaition, the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver and the
county-wide wythougan Valley preservation council.
Trone lauded for Culver service lengthy BZA meeting
In the event there is no Board of Zoning Appeals meeting in December, the board members took the opportunity at
the end of November's meeting to thank chairman, Pete
Trone for his years' of service to Culver. After 34 years of service on Culver's planning and zoning boards, Trone has
declined to be reappointed after his current term ends December 31. Trone first served on Culver's plan commission
in the 1960's, and after a break of a few years, he again agreed to serve on the planning and zoning boards. He is
currently serving as chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals, a position he has held for many years. BZA members
noted his thorough knowledge of Culver's ordinance and his vast historical knowledge of the development of lake
residences through the years. If the November BZA meeting was Trone's final act as chairman , it was a one of the
'more lengthy meetings of the board. There were four hearings for variances and one continuance from August to
consider.... - Culver Citizen.
|| Peter D. Trone Oct. 27, 1929 - Oct. 19, 2016|
CULVER - Peter D. Trone of Culver, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at the age of 86.
Peter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 27, 1929, the son of Donaldson and Almeda (Daum) Trone. He
graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended Butler University and Rollins College in
During the summers between 1946 and 1948 he attended Culver Military Academy Naval School, where he graduated
as Midshipman Regimental Commander.
Pete was a Woodcraft Counselor and Instructor between 1949 and 1951.
In 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent time in Germany until 1953.
Upon his return from Germany, Pete worked in the family business, The Don Trone Shop.
He continued his involvement at the Academy in 1953 and became Assistant Camp Director and Admissions Officer from
1962 to 1968 and Woodcraft Camp Director and Admissions Officer from 1969 to 1977. Continuing on staff during the
summer, in 1960 Pete was also appointed Director of the General Census for the 3rd Congressional District by the U.S.
Department of Commerce.
The Trones met when Brad and his mother came to Culver to investigate Bradd's enrollment in Woodcraft Camp at the
Academy in 1972. Pete and Bev were married in 1974 in the Culver Memorial Chapel.
Pete has been involved in civic affairs for many years, serving as president of the Lake Association and on the Board of
Zoning Appeals for 34 years. He also served on the Chamber of Commerce, Culver Plan Commission, Culver-Union
Township Library Board, president of the Marshall County Historical Society, East Shore Lane Association, Board of
Antiquarian and Historical Society. In 2004 the Culver Lions honored Pete as Citizen of the Year. In the many organizations
he was involved with, his sense of good judgment and fairness was utilized and appreciated.
Trone's love of sailing kept him very involved on Lake Maxinkuckee, where he was president of the Lake Maxinkuckee
Environmental Council in 1995 and member of the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club since 1946, serving as Commodore in 1970.
Pete said Lake Maxinkuckee was the prettiest lake in the state.
For 28 years Pete was a member of the St Joseph Valley Football Officials Association and had the honor of officiating in
the state playoffs in 1973.
The Trones were longtime members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where Pete served as president of the Council for
In retirement years Pete has enjoyed going to Bass Lake with the ROMEO group (Retired Old Men Eating Out) for lunch
and conversation. What happens at Bass Lake stays at Bass Lake!
Pete is survived by his wife, Beverly (Knittle Geariety), stepson, Bradd J. (Lyn) Geariety of Tallahassee, Florida, and
grandson, James Paul Geariety. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Richard J. (Norma) Knittle of Midland, Texas,
cousin, Ann (Jeff) Blodgett of Jacksonville, Florida, and several nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be held at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM
EST. Rev. Jeff Zell will officiate funeral services at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 11:00
AM EST with one hour visitation prior to service. Interment will be at Washington Cemetery, Culver.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Gloria Dei Church Building Fund, 225 East Haney Ave., South
Bend, Indiana 46613-2499; or to Marshall County Historical Society, 123 North Michigan St., Plymouth, Indiana 46563; or
to a charity of donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www. odomfuneralhome. com.
The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is entrusted with arrangements.