Joe Peltier died January 12, 2014 at Bethany on 42nd.
Joseph Charles Peltier was born on February 13, 1929, to Joseph C. Peltier and Marjorie L (Burgum) Peltier. He graduated from Arthur High School in 1947 where the Arthur Knights were State Class C Basketball champs. Joe was named an All State guard.
He attended North Dakota State University at that time known as the AC and graduated with majors in education and math in 1951. In college he joined N.D. Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon where he was treasurer. He was active in the NDSU Board of Athletics, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Blue Key, National Honor Society and many other extracurricular activities. He married Norma K Skunes on May 31, 1952. After college, Joe served as a background investigator with U.S. Army Counter Intelligence for 2 years.
In 1953, Joe returned to North Dakota to be principle, superintendent, teacher and coach at the Martin High School, while there he started the first hot lunch program. He was with Arthur Farmers Elevator/Arthur Companies where he held several positions including general manager and vice president from 1955 through 1992 as well as board member from 1957 through 2007. He was also vice president of Interstate Seed and Grain from 1964 through 1984; member of the board of Directors of Great Plains Software from 1983 through 1999; member of the board of directors of St. Lukes Hospital from 1976 through 1982 and a sales associate with Braaten and Qualey Real Estate from 1992 through 1996.
Although he was very successful in business, Joe had another career as a community servant. He served on the board of directors of the Southeastern N.D. community Action Agency from 1975 through 1978 including one term as chairman in 1976. He was a director of the Cass County Crop Improvement Association from 1958-1990 and served as its chairman during part of that time. He was a member of the North Dakota Crop Improvement Association and served as its Chairman from 1958-64. He was the first Chairman of the North Dakota Sunflower Council from 1976-1980. He was a member of North Dakota Grain Dealers and served as Chairman for the 1978 convention. He was a volunteer with the Service Corp of Retired Executives from 1992 through 2002. He served one year with Volunteers in Overseas Cooperatives Assistance to Poland.
He was an active member of the Arthur United Methodist Church where is served as Lay Leader, Lay Speaker, trustee, President of the Church Board, building board, and Sunday School teacher. He also served in positions on the North Dakota Conference of Methodist churches. He served as President of the Arthur Housing Development Inc. Joe was the first President of the Arthur Lions Club and served as program director until 2009. He served on the Arthur School Board, Dakota School Reorganization Committee, Boy Scouts (Scoutmaster), and Pee Wee and Junior Legion baseball. He served with the American Legion and organized the memorial services for much of his time in Arthur. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge. Joe served on the Arthur Volunteer Fire Department, and was Chairman of the Arthur Cemetery Board. He was instrumental in getting water and sewer for Arthur and also their tennis courts. When they flooded the ice skating rink you could always find him among the volunteers.
Joe had another career as a public servant. He served as a member of the North Dakota House of Representative, representing District 22 from 1979-1985. In the legislature he served on the Industry Business and Labor, Transportation; Social Services, and Veterans Affairs Committees. From 1993-2000, Joe was a member of the State Board of Higher Education including being vice president in 1997-1998.
In addition to his community service Joe and Norma have been generous benefactors. They have been major contributors to the NDSU Development Foundation for such projects as the "Peltier Endowment for Innovation in Teaching", the Don Larew scholarship, the Jessamine Slaughter Burgum Scholarship and the Joe Peltier Scholarship for Risk Management. They have an endowment at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D. for a North Dakota Student attending that school. The "Joe and Norma Peltier Endowment for Student Scholarships" is at the UND Medical School, and they have made endowment contributions to the Dakota United Methodist Foundation, Arthur Methodist Church, Wesley Acres, the Brad Burgum Sailing Scholarship, the Roger Maris Cancer center, and Parkinson's Research at Sanford.
Joe was inducted into the North Dakota Beta SAE Chapter Hall of Fame in 2012.
Joe enjoyed outdoor sports, especially water skiing, snow skiing, golfing, and hunting. He also enjoyed indoor sports such as bowling where he bowled a 300 game.
Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma, son, Keith (Cathy) Peltier, West Fargo, son, Jeff (Anne) Peltier, Punta Gorda, Flor., Suzette (Jon Thorpe) Peltier, Eau Claire, Wisc., and Betty Jo (Wade) Wilson, Eagan, Minn., 7 grandchildren, Bryce Peltier, Jay Peltier, Jamie (Brent) Olson, Rennesoy Thorpe, Signe Thorpe, Abigail Wilson, and Grace Wilson, Sister Jan (Bob) Samuelson, Ames, IA.
Memorial donations may be made out to the NDSU Development Foundations for Innovation in Teaching Endowment, the Parkinson's Research at Sanford, or to your charity of choice.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the West Funeral Home, West Fargo. Funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Arthur United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Arthur Cemetery.
Jan. 13, 2014