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Hahn, Peter

d. October 29, 2013

Peter Earl Hahn, age 32, of Springfield, formerly of Athens, died on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at St. John’s Hospital. He is survived by his mother Susan Simonds of Springfield; two brothers Henry (Trang) Hahn of Seattle, WA and Tim (Molly Suhadolnik) Hahn of Springfield; grandfather Wendell Hahn of Springfield; one niece and nephew, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Peter is preceded in death by his father Steven Hahn in 1987, grandparents Ruth Hahn, and Robert and Vida Simonds; and one uncle Stephen Simonds.

He was born March 3, 1981 in Springfield, IL, the son of Steven and Susan Simonds Hahn.

Peter graduated from Athens High School in 1999 where he was an accomplished multi-sport athlete. His awards included First Team All Conference for Soccer. He was a natural athlete and intuitive player with a great passion for all sports.

He later attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Peter was an active member in a social fraternity.

From a young age, Peter was adventurous and fearless. This took him through many journeys in his short life. He had unconditional love for anyone he encountered. He loved his family and always understood the importance of having a strong connection with them.

A college friend recently said, “He was loved by everybody who spent at least five minutes with him and will be missed by so many.” Visitation will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 from 4 : 8 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.

Rev. Tracy Armstrong will be officiating.

Private burial will be held at Indian Point Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to Hazelden Foundation, Center City, MN 55012 or to Athens High School Sports Boosters, #1 Warrior Way, Athens, Illinois 62613.


  1. Pete and I were good friends in college. I am so sorry for your loss, he truly was a light in life. He was genuine and smart and so funny… He is a friend I will never forget. Pete was all things that were good in this world. I was blessed to be able to spend so much time with him, and even luckier to call him friend. My thoughts to you all in this incredibly sad time, and moving forward with your memories.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Susan, you and your family are in our prayers at this sad time.

  3. Susan and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Pete. I last heard from Pete by phone approximately 1 month ago. He was just checking in with me to see how I was doing, and we spoke about my husband Bob. Pete meant a lot to Bob and I–his kindness, energy, thoughtfulness were always present in everything he did. Pete spent a good amount of time at my home during and after high school years. I remember that he always said “thank you” for everything we did. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time and always.

  4. Peter was an amazing person. I will never forget his kindness or the time I knew him. Growing up with him he was always nice and caring to everyone it didn’t matter who you were. My heart goes out to his entire family and everyone affected by this tragic loss. Taken way too soon you will never be forgotten Peter!

  5. I never had the pleasure of meeting Pete in person, but felt I knew him through his family…..he must have been a loving guy, that is for certain. Susan, Tim, Henry and Wendell and the rest of the family, you have another angel to guide you through this life. Peace to all of you during this very difficult time.

  6. Peter was one of the “gang” that my daughter hung out with in school. I remember all of them gathering at our house as they were headed off on another adventure. I remember them all hanging out at Perkins and playing cards. Peter was such a sweet and likeable young man. Always a smile on his face. My heart aches for you and your family. Thoughts and prayers to help you through this time of sorrow. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. I didn’t know Pete. I only met his mom twice. But, I’ve known Tim for about 5 years. I am one of his 9:00 cross fitters. If Pete was anything like Tim, he was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with Tim and his family through this sad time. God bless Pete’s family and have mercy on his soul.

  8. My prayers go out to your family. Pete was a good friend to me in Minnesota and our time in Center City and after. He was a sweet and caring friend who I will dearly miss. I loved his smile, laugh and sense of humor and it will leave a mark on me for the rest of my life. Peace

  9. My prayers are with your family and loved ones. I’ve known Pete for many years, through West Side Christian Church and through playing cards. Pete was one of the nicest people one could hope to meet. You could count on him to make you smile. He will be remembered and missed by many people. God speed old friend.

  10. Our family is greatly saddened at the news of Peter’s death. Buzz, please know that we are thinking of you, Susan and the rest of your family. You spoke so fondly of Peter and were obviously so proud of him. I know my dad would have wanted to be with you during this time of grief, but know that his family is sending you our thoughts and prayers in his stead.

    I pray God’s peace for you during this difficult time.

    Love, Debbie Graham Gibbon

  11. I didn’t personally know Pete, but saw him on a weekly basis at his place of business. He was the person you wish you knew and wish you could be like. He was always happy, full of life and made everyone’s day brighter by his smile and positive outlook on life. We are praying for your family during this hard time. Peter Earl will be greatly missed by more people than you can ever imagine.

    “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”, Maya Angelou

  12. I am greatly sorry for your loss. I played cards with Pete for several years, but lost touch with him over the last couple of years. He had infectious smile that never left his face and kindness towards all people. He will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you in this time.

  13. It’s hard to know what to say after the death of a loved one, especially one whose time on this earth ended so early and unexpectedly. Now and always, know that I and your friends (even the tongue-tied ones) care and that our hearts are with you for losing such a vibrant child, brother, uncle, and everything else that Peter represented. May he rest in peace.

  14. Susan and family, So sorry to hear the news of Peter’s passing. I remember the soccer games that all of us attended. Peter was one of a kind he was always well mannered, kind, gracious, and always a smile on his face. We saw him one night when he was working at Smokey Bones and he took the time to come over to the table and speak to us, what kid does that not many. We are praying for you and your family and may God comfort you at this time of loss. God has his arms around Peter and has welcomed him into his kingdom. Rest in Peace.

  15. My condolences to Wendell and all family members, as well as condolences from members of the Academy of Lifelong Learners at LLCC. I know this must be very hard to face. Pete sounds like he was a great, energetic, talented young man.

    You are all in our thoughts!

  16. Oh, Susan..I have no words that will help you in the loss of your Beloved, Peter. You have had so many tragedies in your life, including the loss of your husband in 1987. You are a very strong woman, but, I’m sure that you aren’t feeling very strong at this time. I wish I had known Peter, I think that he and my older children would have been good friends, with so many of the same interests.You and your family have my love and prayers. God Bless you all. Remember, every time I drive on S Diamond..I see your house and have many great memories..With love… Carol

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