ALLAGASH AND FORT KENT - Louis A. Pelletier Sr., Husband of the late Ethel (O'Leary) Pelletier, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at a Fort Kent Health Care Facility at the age of 95. He was born April 30, 1920 in Allagash, Maine, the son of Thomas and Edith (Thibodeau) Pelletier.
He worked in the woods as a logger and logging contractor. He also farmed, he loved to work and did so right up to the last few years of his life. He loved animals and raised deer, and buffalo. People came from all over to see his buffalo and he loved to meet them and talk with them. At the age of 13 Lou finished school and began working in the woods. His father gave him a team of horses and he walked up river 12 miles to the Allagash Falls to work with his brother Leonard. He never received an unemployment check and always said if any one wanted to work there was plenty of jobs. Lou always dipped Easter water every year. It had to be dipped 3 times up stream from running water before sunrise at a brook, stream or river.
Lou is survived by five children; Louis Pelletier Jr. and his wife Patty of Allagash, Linda Drake and her husband Steve of Lake Mathews, CA. Vernon Pelletier and his wife Sylvia of Allagash, Elaine and her husband James Desjardins of Soldier Pond, Cathie Pelletier and her husband Tim Viorikic of Allagash, Son-in-law, Richard St. Amant of Soldier Pond. A Brother Maynard Pelletier of Caribou, Sisters; Albertine O'Leary of St. Francis, and Arlene Belyea and her husband Bob of PA, and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alice and Willie O'Leary of St. John and Fort Kent.
He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Diana and Steve O'Neal, Lana Pelletier and Troy Jackson, Louie III and Josie Pelletier, Carol and Michael Bouchard, Joey Hausen, Kirk and Dori St. Amant, Shannon St. Amant, Benny Pelletier and Edie Cote, Lori and Rick Overlock, Marty Pelletier and friend Heather Ouellette, Jim Desjardins, Jamie and Ken Pelletier, Jonnie Desjardins, Jo Anne and Kelly O'Leary, Jessie Desjardins and Jeremy and Christine Desjardins. He is survived by 30 great-grandchildren, Shawna and Ryan O'Neal, Chase and Camden Jackson, Emma and Lydia Pelletier, Drake and Megan McBreairty, Christian and Carly McBreairty, Cole Hausen, Lily and Isabell St. Amant, Greyden and Syndi Pelletier, Cody and Caitlin Overlock, Josey and Carter Desjardins, Lea and Lacy Pelletier, Alexis, Aydan and Jilian Desjardins, Kale "Joe", Jordan and Kassidy O'Leary, Jacob and Darcie Fongemie and Jack, Joel and James Desjardins. He is also survived by 1 great-great-grandson, Raylan McBreairty.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Ethel (O'Leary) Pelletier; his dear daughter, Joan St. Amant; his sisters and their husbands; Rochelle and Marvin Edstrand and Evelyn and Albert McBreairty; his brothers and their wives; Alonzo and Sadie, Leonard and Bertha, Leo and Flossie, Leas and Jean, and Melford Pelletier; a brother-in-law, Robert O'Leary Sr.
Friends may call Friday May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday May 23, from 9 to 10:15 am until time of service at the Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m Saturday at the St. Charles Catholic Church, St. Francis. Burial will be in a private cemetery at Cross Rock. Our father loved to invite people in to have a "lunch", so, in lieu of flowers, take a friend to dinner or share a meal with someone or plant a tree in his memory. He'd have liked that.