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Andrew Byron Pelto

November 23, 1931 August 26, 2011
Andrew Byron Pelto
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Obituary for Andrew Byron Pelto

Andrew Byron Pelto, a resident of Milford, Michigan for thirty-five years was received into the loving arms of Jesus on Friday, August 26, 2011. Andrew passed at home in the care of his family. He was 79 years old. Born on November 23, 1931 in Bessemer, Michigan, he was the son of Tynne Marianne Kangus and Andrew Herman Pelto.

He served our country as member of the Marine Corps during the Korean War and the historic Battle of Chosin Reservoir in Northeastern Korea. This Marine is one of the �Chosin Few.� He was a member of the Milford American Legion Post No. 216.

He graduated from Wayne State University in 1957 earning a Bachelors Degree, Mechanical Engineering. He worked at Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Hydromation Company and was a founding member of Filtra-Systems Company.

He retired in 1994 and enjoyed his family and his faith in God. He was an active attendee of South Hill Church in Milford, (Oak Pointe Church of Milford) and taught youth classes, vacation bible study and sang in the choir, church productions and Christmas Eve services. Sundays after church, family members and friends often gathered at the Pelto home in Milford for a home cooked meal and fellowship. Andrew enjoyed many family gatherings and the solitude at the family cottage on Big Wolf Lake in Lewiston, Michigan. Winter vacations in Madeira Beach, Florida were enjoyed for many years with family and friends.

Andrew is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-eight years, Marion June (Petrick) and their children, Kevin (Bridget), Janene (Glynn) Simmons, Greg (Nancy), Brian (Jill), Julie (Chris) Dahlin, David, thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one deceased. Also survived by his brother, Paul Pelto and sister Annabelle Casley and a large extended family on his Finnish side and his wife Marion�s Italian side. Andrew demonstrated valiant Finnish �SISU� in this lifetime on earth.

A Funeral Service will be held at Oak Pointe / South Hill Church of Milford, 1250 South Hill Rd., Milford on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11 AM. Burial and military honors will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford on Monday 2-9 PM.

For further information call Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

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