PETROW, Chris N. Oct 24, 1927 Sep 4, 2013 Born in Omaha, Chris was the second of three children, older sister Helen and younger sister Bettie, of Greek immigrant parents Nick and Marika Petrow. He played basketball for Central High School and graduated in 1945. Immediately after graduation, Chris joined the Navy and served on the USS Iowa in Japan. Later, he was drafted into the Army and served at Ft. Riley in Kansas as a Mess Sergeant. After his military service, Chris joined his father at Petrow’s Drive-In at 59th and Center. He constructed Petrow’s Restaurant in 1957 and enlarged the building in 1965. He owned and operated Petrow’s Restaurant until 1992 when he retired and turned the business over to his son Nick. In October of 2012, Chris was inducted into the Nebraska Restaurant Hall of Fame. Petrow’s was a hot spot for Aksarben racing fans on their way to the track. Chris’s love for making homemade ice cream translated into fond memories for many Omaha families over the years. Chris met Teddy at a church event in Rochester, MN and they married a year later in Minneapolis in 1956. Chris and Teddy have three children: Maria (Petrow) Knowles, Nick Petrow and Sia (Petrow) Carlile and nine grandchildren. Church was central to his life. He served for many years on the board of St. Johns Greek Orthodox Church in Omaha and was a member of the Ahepa men’s group for over sixty-five years. Chris held Husker football tickets and attended games for over forty years. After retiring, Chris and Teddy enjoyed cruising, hosting many events around their backyard pool, eating out with friends and walking at Westroads. Chris loved his family, his church and the many friends he made at Petrow’s over the years. Chris was preceded in death by parents, Nick and Marika Petrow; sister, Bettie Kyros; grandson, Michael James Knowles. He is survived by wife, Theodora G. Teddy Petrow; children: Maria Knowles (Bob), Nick Petrow (Shelly), Sia Carlile (Scott); sister, Helen Petrow; 8 grandchildren: Christina, Bobby, Elaina, Sophia, Anna, Nicole, Zoie, and Evan. The family will receive friends Friday, September 6th from 5pm to 7pm with TRISAGION (Prayer Service) at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES Saturday, September 7th at 10am at All Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church, 9012 Q St. Interment, Hillcrest Memorial Park with military rites by American Legion Post #1. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to All Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund.
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