Peter Eggimann

Peter Eggimann

Peter Eggimann
August 25, 1937 – January 18, 2024

WENDELL – Peter Eggimann, 86, transitioned from this life on Thursday, January 18, 2024. He was born in Switzerland to the late Emil & Edeltraute Lilli Luci Schranz Eggimann. Peter aspired to be an entrepreneur, and after obtaining his college degree he left his native country to realize this dream in the United States. He joined the United States Marine Corp and worked his way up to Corporal. Peter honorably and proudly served his country for four years in the United States Marine Corp and in doing so, earned an honorable discharge from the Marines, the Swiss Army, and his citizenship. He was naturalized in Wilmington, NC and proudly claimed his Tarheel status and you often heard of how gratified he felt becoming a US citizen.

Upon his discharge from the Marines, he started work at ITT in Raleigh, where he met the woman who was to become his wife of 61 years, Devera. In 1970, he started his first of many businesses, Transmissions Network International (TNI) in Knightdale. In the late 70’s he designed a water level alarm system for a friend, and Eggimann and Co was born, where he designed and manufactured Well and Wastewater Control Systems for utility companies, some of which are still being used today. In 1983, he started Electronic Products Design, which employed up to 250 people in the mid to late 80’s and was still designing transformers for both commercial applications as well as for the Ham and CB radio enthusiasts. He often said that it’s not work if it’s what you love to do.

Peter was a volunteer at heart. He was a member of the American Legion Post 148 and the Wendell Masonic Lodge 565. He was a regular blood donor for as long as he was able to. He was a proud member and past president of the North Carolina Society of Engineers. He was PTA President for his daughter’s middle school. He joined the boards of Homeowners Associations whenever someone was needed. He will always be remembered for his kind and generous nature and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Emil Eggimann.

He is survived by his wonderful wife of an amazing 61 years, Devera Trogdon Eggiman; his daughter, Michelle Eggiman Glidewell (Tony); his grandson, Travis Glidewell; his younger brother, Max Eggimann (Lynda), and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 5:30pm on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell NC.
A graveside service will be at 2:00pm on Friday, January 26, 2024 at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Ave., Zebulon NC.

Flowers are welcomed or donations can be made to Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, American Legion or the Salvation Army.

Arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral.com

7 Comments

  • LaShawn R Posted January 23, 2024 4:29 pm

    What a beautiful eulogy! My deepest, and most sincerest condolences are with you and your family during this time of bereavement. I can tell that he was very loving, and that he loved his family very much. He left a beautiful legacy with his family.

  • Karen Ragsdale Posted January 24, 2024 7:49 am

    Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am praying for you and your family.

  • Howard Hoyt Posted January 24, 2024 10:07 am

    Michelle, Tony and family, I am so sorry for your loss, Peter was such a great man and engineer, he will be sorely missed.

  • Terrence Rogers Posted January 24, 2024 7:08 pm

    VERY sorry to hear of the passing of your father, Michelle and for multiple reasons. I began submitting projects to him at TNI in the 70s and got some valuable instruction. Whenever I worked in the RTP area, I always got in contact and usually did some business. I am still contracting with APS in Cary where we did business right up until the end. The nice thing is that we could ‘rag chew’ after the business finished. It was sort of like “Field of Dreams” to come out to Wendell/Lizard Lick to see you guys. I sure will miss that…more than that, will miss having someone so expert on magnetics. That is a rare thing. If there is an email port to heaven, I will find it and ask for Peter.

    • Michelle Glidewell Posted February 5, 2024 11:25 am

      Thank you so much for the wonderful memory. I loved the time I spent working directly with him. He was so knowledgeable and always wanted to share as much information as possible, regardless of the subject. He spend many hours mentoring engineers on magnetic. They no longer really teach the information he knew. He will be greatly missed by all of us in many ways.

  • Emogene M Kelly Posted January 26, 2024 5:26 pm

    Devera, Michelle, Tony and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Pete was a good person and I know he will be deeply missed. Take care, Love Emogene

  • Michelle Glidewell Posted February 5, 2024 11:28 am

    Thank you Emogene. I took momma to visit Jean Harrell yesterday. He did love getting together with Bob and Ron and solving all of the worlds problems. We figure that Ron, Bob, and Daddy should have Heaven all sorted out and running smoothly by now. Love to you, Michelle

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