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“BJ & all of Joe's family,My deepest sympathies as you mourn Joe. After- school gatherings in Norma's yellow kitchen and many fun times in the...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Shelly Eckholm - Wing, ND

“To the family, Sorry for your loss, hes a great guy and a pillar of the community. I tried to make it in for the prayer service but due to the...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Jeff - Fargo - Friend

“His love and support for our NDSU Agribusiness students was exceptional. William Nganje, Chairman and Professor, NDSU Agribusiness and Applied...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: William Nganje - Fargo, ND

“I will never speak at a Memorial Day service without thinking of Joe. One year he even approached me at a basketball tournament in March to speak...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Pastor Donna Monteith

“Sorry to hear about your loss of Joe. He will be greatly missed. He was my storm home when I went to school in Arthur many years ago. I have many...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Gebeke - Mesa, AZ

“Our prayers are with you and your family, Norma. Joe was a fine man, and a person of great caring. He leaves a great hole in the world. We will miss...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Tom and Ann Riley - Fargo, ND

“Norma and family,We were so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. May God comfort you all at this difficult time. When I think of the Peltier family, I...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Cynthia Monroe Meidinger - ND

“Our sincere sympathy to you and your family, Norma. We're in FL for the winter but hope to see you at coffee in the spring. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Marilyn & Jim Hetland - MN

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family - Joe will be greatly missed. Scott & Carrie Petersen ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Carrie Petersen - Hunter, ND

“My prayers are with the Peltier family. I have fond memories of times at the lake cabin many years ago. Joe was always a fun and gracious host to a...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Wahowske - Eagan, MN

“I am so glad that I got to me most of you at Bethany on 42nd through helping Joe walk & get stronger. Norma I will miss that daily love you showed...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Patsy Sheehan - therapy friend

“Norma and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Whenever we would visit Joe at Bethany his eyes would light up in recognition. No better...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Ralph and Harriet - Phoenix, AZ

“Keith, Cathy and family, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Dennis & Maureen ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Dennis & Maureen Ming - Bismarck, ND

“Our thoughts and prayers to you as you celebrate the life of Joseph Peltier. Lynette and Peter ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Peter and Lynette Nygaard - ND

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. Greg Mastrud & Family ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Greg Mastrud - West Fargo, ND

“Joe was one of the finest men I ever had the privilege of knowing. He truly will be missed. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: John T. Korsmo - Washington, DC

“Norma, Much sympathy to you and all of your family at this sad time. Thanks to both you and Joe for the wonderful support of so many programs at...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Virginia Clark Johnson - Fargo, ND

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family. He was a tough fighter. Brad and Marsha Moen ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Brad Moen - Valley City

19 of 19 | Posted by: Murray Moen - Fargo, ND - friend

Joe Peltier passed away on January, 12th, 2014 at Bethany on 42nd.

Joseph Charles Peltier was born on February 13th, 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 ND 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 31st, 1952. After college Joe served as a background investigator with US Army Counter Intelligence for 2 years.

In 1953 Joe returned to ND to be principle, superintendent, teacher and coach at the Martin ND 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 ND 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 (Scout Master), 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 ND 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, SD 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, ND son, Jeff (Anne) Peltier Punta Gorda, FL, Suzette (Jon Thorpe) Peltier, Eau Claire, WI and Betty Jo (Wade) Wilson, Eagan, MN. 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 choice.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 16th, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the West Funeral Home, West Fargo. Funeral will be Friday at 11 AM at the Arthur United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Arthur Cemetery.

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