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Richard Robert PelletierOctober 2, 1929 ~ June 29, 2017 (age 87)
Richard Robert Pelletier, 87, passed away in the early morning hours of June 29, after a long illness in Tooele. He was born in Meriden, Connecticut, but raised in Quebec, Canada. In 1954, he married his first love, Pierette Vidal. Together, they had five children.
Richard proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and the Korean War and loved “working on birds.” He was in the control room when Chuck Yeager broke the speed of sound for the second time, and went on to a career in the defense Industry.
Later in life, he moved to Alaska and enjoyed his time on the oil rig. Richard lived a very adventurous life — to the fullest. He was a charming gentleman that liked making people happy and he will be dearly missed.
In his later years, Richard found love again with Arlene Dunn. They spent their final 20 years together. The Dunn family was honored to have Richard as their step-dad and grandfather. He had so many unique stories, which we will remember with smiles.
Richard is survived by his children: Michael Pelletier (Shelley), Jill Welch, Patricia Krenz (Guy) and Barbara McHenry (PJ). He was predeceased by his son, Jerry Pelletier. Richard has many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He leaves behind step-sons Gregory (Ruth) Dunn and Rodney (Melissa) Dunn; step-daughter Stormy (Aaron) Simon; their children and grandchildren; his buddy and caretaker Lew Buckley; and his best friends Sollee and Sheeba. The family extends much love and thanks to his step-granddaughter, Markie, and her husband, Gregg Lloyd, for taking his babies.
Richard was a beautiful man, and in the end a devout Catholic, with a spirit of graciousness and humility. He brought light and love to our lives and we will forever be grateful.
“Good Gourd” Richard, you lived an incredible life. “We may be lost, but we’re making good time.” That said, “If it was anyone but you and me, I’d be worried.”
There will be a graveside service Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Tooele City Cemetery.