Reese E. Pelton, 84, of Dallas passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas, where he was recovering from a long illness.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Leo and Bessie Evans Pelton.
Reese graduated from GAR High School, Class of 1945, and Bucknell University (now Wilkes University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948. He received his Master of Education degree in 1955 from Penn State University
He began his teaching career in 1948 at Wilkes University. He then taught at Dallas-Franklin Township and Forty Fort High School in the late 1950s and mid-1960s and finally in the Dallas School District from 1967 until his retirement in 1986. Reese then became an adjunct professor at Luzerne County Community College until age 81 in 2011.
Reese was an avid and talented musician. He started the Reese Pelton Orchestra, a swing and dance band, while still in college. He later would play with many other talented musicians in the area and entertain many throughout the Northeastern Pennsylvania area from the 1940s all the way into the first decade of the 21st century. He was a member and conductor of the Jake Sauer's Stegmaier Band/Wyoming Valley Band, the American Federation of Musicians, Local 140, and the Music Education National Conference.
He was a member of the Dallas Kiwanis Club where he served in various offices, including state lieutenant governor. Later in life he rekindled his passion for the Civil War by helping establish the Wyoming Valley Civil War Round Table, where he proudly served as secretary.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Sybil Ichter, Dallas; son, Christopher John Pelton and his wife, Patricia Bronson Pelton, Lake Silkworth; daughter, Holly Ann Pelton, Dallas; grandchildren, Andrew James Arnoldi, Dallas; Jacob Walter Pelton, Katelyn Ann Pelton, John Benjamin Pelton and Joseph Reese Pelton, all of Lake Silkworth; brother, Wallace L. Pelton, Stroudsburg; numerous nieces and nephews.
The Pelton family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of family with the Rev. Robert G. Wood, pastor of Dallas United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be made in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Official Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612, or to the Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS, 184 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas, PA 18612.