Rodolph "Rudy" Pelletier

FORT KENT AND ST. FRANCIS - Rodolph "Rudy" Pelletier, 90 passed away peacefully June 14, 2013, at Forest Hill Manor, Fort Kent, surrounded by his loving family. Rudy was born Aug. 12, 1922, in St. Francis, the son of Belone and Mary (Jandreau) Pelletier.

He loved his family and friends and would spend many hours reminiscing about his memories of all of them. He was retired after working many years for Northern Maine Woods as a gate attendant. He also worked as a long haul truck driver, lumberjack, and as a camp attendant for Blanchette Camps. He was a World War II Veteran. He was drafted March 8, 1944, until his date of separation April 26, 1946. He was private first class with Company K 179th Infantry Regiment. His decorations were Army of Occupation Medal of Germany, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart GO 83 27th Evac Hospital 45, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and received a Victory Medal.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Esther Mae (Jandreau) Pelletier; four sons, Arnold and his wife, Marsha Pelletier, Paul and his wife, Jan Pelletier, Rudy and his wife, Carol Pelletier, and Scott Pelletier; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Roderick Pelletier, and Carroll and wife, Jan Pelletier; sisters, Greta and her husband, Galen Pelletier, Linda and her husband, Kit Thibodeau. He is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Rudy was predeceased by one son, Jeff Pelletier; and daughter-in-law, Diane (Jandreau) Pelletier; four sisters, Evelyn Rosenthal, Muriel Bernier, Pearl O'Leary and Fernande Pelletier; four brothers, Lawrence, Adjitor, Arnold and Bertrand Pelletier.

A Mass of Christian burial with full military honors will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at St. Charles Catholic Church, St. Francis. Committal services and military honors will be at the church. In lieu of flowers, in Rudy's memory those who wish may donate to the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743 or Forest Hill Manor Activities Fund, 25 Bolduc Ave., Fort Kent, ME 04743. Envelopes will be available at the church. Services by Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent.

Published in BDN Maine on June 17, 2013