Last updated 9/12/2019 at 2:48pm
Born Peter Stepanovs in Latvia, he ultimately immigrated to California after surviving through the trials of WWII Germany and by the grace of sponsorship from the Catholic Church; Peter Wayland found his home in South Florida.
On September 9, 2019 Peter passed at his residence in Lake Wales.
He came here from Miami/Key Largo area in 1983 with his family. He was a retired Department of Agriculture employee and a veteran of Vietnam, serving in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. He enjoyed sailing and scuba diving. He recreated those memories in his artwork of underwater scenes after he retired.
He is preceded in death by his son Christian Joseph Wayland.
Survivors include his daughter Wendy Wayland Labadie of Vero Beach, Son-in-law Joseph Labadie of Vero Beach, x-wife of 23 years, Lillian Brown of Vero Beach, and nephew Stephen Wayland of South Carolina.
The family will receive friends at a celebration of life, hosted by daughter Wendy Labadie in October at her residence in Frostproof, FL. For those who wish, donations may be sent to the Polk County Veterans Council, PO Box 3911 Lakeland FL 33802. 863-688-1725; [email protected]