Door County Advocate - Friday, Dec 12, 1947
Past Assemblyman Dies at Age of 86
Rites for John Pelletier to be Held Here Friday
John B. Pelletier, 86, former assemblyman for Door county and a former town chairman of Gardner, died suddenly Monday morning at the home of his son, Henry, in Fish Creek. He had been ailing for the past year. Monday morning he got up for breakfast, but soon after he returned to bed, he succumbed.
Mr. Pelletier was born in Michigan Jan 30, 1861, a son of Mr. And Mrs. Jerome Pelletier. The family came here in 1888 and he attended school in Sturgeon Bay.
During his long and varied career, he engaged in logging, farming and fishing, spending 40 years in the latter occupation, mostly in Gardner. He studied the different species of fish caught in Green Bay and Lake Michigan and was considered by many an authority on the subject. He served as president and general organizer of the State Fishermen's Association of Wisconsin.
Assemblyman Two Terms
Serving as town chairman from Gardner from 1907 to 1915; he was later elected as assemblyman in 1920 and re-elected in 1922. He was active during World War I as a solicitor for the sale of bonds, and in working for the Red Cross, YMCA and other campaigns.
Mr. Pelletier and Louise Dalebroux were married in Kewaunee county in 1881. She died nine years ago. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Esther Robillard of Miami; a son, Henry of Fish Creek; two sisters, Mrs. August Jenquin of Marquette, Wis., and Mrs. A. Story of Wardsville, Ontario; two brothers, Louis of New York, and Joseph of Menominee, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Since his retirement some years ago, Mr. Pelletier has traveled widely in the south and in California.
Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from Stoneman's chapel here, and burial will be at Bayside cemetery. A Spiritualist pastor from Milwaukee is expected to be here to conduct the rites.