Cyrus "Pete" M Silkworth, Jr.

  • Born: November 23, 1948
  • Died: January 30, 2021
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Cyrus "Pete" M Silkworth, age 72, of Battle Creek passed away on Saturday morning, January 30, 2021. He was born in Marshall on November 23,1948, the son of Cyrus M and Thelma (Fuller) Silkworth. Pete graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. He worked at Life Ambulance (Marshall), the Battle Creek Public Schools and later operated his own trucking business.

Pete married his high school sweetheart, Linda M. Brown in Battle Creek on November 26,1966. He is survived by his wife of 54 years. He is also survived by their five children, Peter Silkworth, David (Tanya Ridella-Mehlos) Silkworth, Steven Silkworth, Jeannie Silkworth, and MaryLynn (Mike) Shepard; four siblings, Jerry Gates, Frank (Annette) Silkworth, Mary Silkworth, and Archie (Valerie) Silkworth; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren in addition to the many more that thought of him as "Papa Pete"; and special friend Kay Butler.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Charles Gates; his sister, Eva Joan Shreve; his granddaughter Katie Butler; and his beloved dog, Max.

Pete loved exploring the outdoors, watching baseball and football and taking camping trips with his family. When he realized that he needed help with raising his special needs daughter he moved her into a foster home which he adopted into his own family. He loved cooking and caring for his family, but mostly he just loved being "Papa Pete" to anyone and everyone.

Pete was the glue that held his family together. He was always there to lend a hand or provide guidance and he will be greatly missed by his entire family.

The family has received friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Pete's life will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church in Battle Creek and may be viewed at Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery and the graveside service may be viewed at In lieu of flowers, memorials directed to the Butler Child Foster Care 456 East Sunset Blvd. Battle Creek, MI 49017 would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Pete may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Miss him everyday, the house is quiet (no more blaring tv, the smoke alarms aren't going off every night when dinner is ready because he only knew how to cook on high).

Posted by MaryLynn Shepard - Battle Creek, MI - Daughter   February 13, 2021

What a guy! He was always there when he was needed. I thought he'd really found his niche when he got involved in the foster care system. It did not matter what else was going on in his life, he just was a presence. I'm so sorry for your loss. He and Katie are now your own special angels. Nan

Posted by Nan Spindler - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   February 07, 2021

I remember Pete and Linda holding hands going from classes together. Their laughter filled the halls. He had good sense of humor and treated Linda as his "queen". She loved him so very much. Prayers are being sent to his family as they mourn their loss. Rest in Peace, Pete.

Posted by Cindy Loser - Saint Cloud, FL - Classmate   February 04, 2021

Prayers and hugs to the family during this difficult time. I'm sorry I'm not able to be with during this time. Love Kathie

Posted by Kathie Walbeck - Gilbert, AZ - Family   February 03, 2021

My condolences to all our family for the loss of uncle pete

Posted by Jeanette Feltner - Battle Creek, MI - Family   February 02, 2021

Uncle Pete, you are going to be missed. Love you Always. RIP

Posted by Shawndra (DEER) Daniels - San Augustine, TX - Family   February 02, 2021

Went to school with Cyrus and his wife at Battle Creek Central High School. He was always polite and nice to everyone. Prayers for his wife Linda and family during this difficult time.

Posted by Marianne Wells ( in high school it was Wildschutz) - Battle Creek, MI - Classmate   February 02, 2021