William Peltier, age 73, of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his home surrounded by family.
William Kenneth Peltier “Willy”, son of the late Robert Peltier and Dolores Peltier, was born June 30, 1946 in a U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA. As military families often do, they moved several times throughout his childhood until they finally settled in North St. Paul, MN. Bill graduated from North St. Paul High School in 1964 and upon graduation, he attended UW River Falls where he pursued a degree in Education. During this time, he was also very proud of the time spent as a medic in the Army Reserves.
He married Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Crowley on October 13, 1972 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN. They moved to Burnsville, MN shortly thereafter where they started their family.
His goal was always to settle in northern Minnesota and luckily, his job transferred him to Grand Rapids in June 1980, a place his parents had previously retired to. Here he worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Itasca County Sheriff’s Dept where he retired after 20 years of service.
Throughout his life he was passionate about many organizations, including Youth Firearms Safety where he was an instructor for 50+ years. He was also very involved in the Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association as a father, board member and charitable gambling manger. He was very proud that he helped to raise money for youth hockey players.
He also supported and enjoyed watching his two sons through their many athletic endeavors. Most of all though he was most proud to watch his sons start their own families and become a grandpa.
In the later part of his life Bill enjoyed spending time at the family cabin on Little Jessie Lake hunting and fishing. He always looked forward to his grandchildren visiting, as they could always put a smile on his face.
Preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Sydney. Bill is survived by his wife Kathy; sons, Joe (Sarah), Tom (Sasha); sister, Roberta Sorensen; brother, Thomas (Kathy) Peltier; grandchildren, Madeline, Cohen, Allison.
Memorials preferred to Itasca County Youth Firearm Safety.
Due to the current events, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.