David Moore Pelton LathamDavid Moore Pelton, 77, died on Monday, October 22, 2012, following a long illness. Born in Schenectady, NY on August 7, 1935, David was the son of the late Ralph S. and Leah Moore Pelton. He was a graduate of Watervliet High School and the Albany College of Pharmacy and served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War. A clinical pharmacist, David had worked in that capacity at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, all local area hospitals including the Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospital and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont from where he retired. David was a paramedic and was a founding member of the North Colonie Rescue Squad. He had served for more than 50 years with the Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department and also was a fire police officer. David was dedicated to Freemasonry and was a 50 year member of the Val Verde Lodge No. 646 F & AM in Del Rio, Texas, his home lodge. He was also a member of Tranquility Lodge No. 2000 F & AM in Waco, Texas, and Evening Star Lodge No. 75 in Latham. He was a member of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Both New York and Texas; the Palestine Star Chapter No. 167 OES in Lansingburgh; the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons in both New York and Texas and the Royal Arch Masons, Latham Chapter # 168; the Albany York College No. 24; the Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar, the St. George Commandery No. 37 of the Knights Templar in Scotia and the Oriental Shrine of Troy, NY. David also enjoyed membership for over 40 years in the Colonie Lodge of Elks No. 2192 and was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Latham. David could best be described as a people person and was loved by many. He enjoyed music and singing and sang with the Albany Chapter Barbershop Quartet, the Racing City Chorus and the Electric City Chorus. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lloyd Pelton; his son and daughter, David A. (Lisa) Pelton of Stillwater and Dawn M. Fontenot of Ballston Spa; his stepson and daughter, Thomas E. (Kathleen) Woelfersheim of Ballston Lake and Lillian E. (Anthony) Bullis of Stillwater; seven grandchildren, Jesse Ann Reynolds, Jennifer K. Ritchie, Patricia M. Bullis, Jessica M. Fontenot, Cameron S. Reynolds, Thomas A. Bullis and Emily Woelfersheim and three great-grandsons. The funeral service, with departmental honors of the Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Bowen & Parker Bros Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham and at 10 a.m. in the Calvary United Methodist Church, Latham where the Reverends John Phillippe and Alfred Siegel will officiate. Interment will follow in the Niskayuna Reformed Church Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Verdoy Fire Station, 988 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham. Relatives, friends, members of the Verdoy Volunteer Fire Department, the Colonie Lodge of Elks and all Masonic Brethren are invited to attend and may also visit with David's family on Thursday from 3 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions, in David's memory, may be made to the Shriners Hospital for ChildrenSpringfield, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA,01104, the Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308 or the Calvary United Methodist Church, 15 Ridge Place, Latham, NY 12110.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Oct. 25, 2012