Pete Anthony Alesky Jr.

Pete Anthony Alesky Jr., 67, of Franklin Twp., Bradford County, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, Towanda, following a motor vehicle crash earlier in the day. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Eileen Alesky, at home.

Pete was born on April 29, 1945, and raised in Harford Twp., Susquehanna County, the son of the late Peter Anthony Alesky Sr. and Gertrude Viola Allen Alesky. He was a graduate of Mountain View High School, class of 1963, and later served in the Army during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 23, 1971, he married the former Eileen Mikolon and the couple moved to Bradford County in 1989. Pete was employed by Procter & Gamble for many years until his retirement in 1998. Pete and Eileen owned and operated the Quarter Acre Farm in Franklin Twp., where they enjoyed raising registered quarter horses and Angus cattle for more than 30 years, and champion registered redbone dogs. Pete was well-known as a buyer, seller, farrier and appraiser of horses, and his equine business produced extensive traveling in the western states. He also served as a judge for 4-H Club and open horse shows over the years. He was the president of the Towanda Area School Board, having been a member since 2007, and was former president and national director of the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo. Pete served as a 4-H leader for 13 years and was a former Scout leader for Troop No. 98 in Harford.

Pete possessed great love for his family, farm, horses and the outdoors.

Surviving are his children, Chad Alesky of Monroeton; Kyleen and husband, Jake Littlefield of Devine, Texas; and Joann Alesky Lynch of Franklin, N.Y.; granddaughters, Ashley and Leslie Lynch of Franklin, N.Y.; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Bea Alesky of Great Bend; sister-in-law, Barbara Alesky of Gibson; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Alesky.

The funeral service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor Jira Albers of Trinity Lutheran Church, Towanda, and Pastor Doug Brenneman, officiating. Interment will follow in the Alesky Family Cemetery, Franklin Twp., with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 2 at the funeral home.

The family suggests that contributions be directed to the charity or organization of one's choice.

Memories and condolences may be expressed and shared by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 26, 2012