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Ronald Terry Peltola, 67, died Jan. 14, 2011, in Bethel. Ron will be laid to rest today in the New Kasuyuli Cemetary, and a feast will follow the burial.

He was born June 6, 1943, to Earl Ray Ferdon and Katherine Hoffman Ferdon in Nyac, 40 miles southwest of Aniak. When Ron was 2, Katherine married Ray "Blackie" Peltola and they had four children together, Gene, Glenn, Ray and Cheryl.

Ron graduated from Copper Valley School in May of 1962, and while in high school played basketball with Jake Aloysius. He earned his private pilot's license when he was 18 years old and from there went on to earn his commercial pilot's license. He went to work for Jimmix Samuelson of Samuelson's Flying Service, where he met his future wife, Geraldine Demientieff. They were married on Oct. 29, 1966 in Bethel. They had five daughters and one son: Taren Rondelle, Dana Kristine, Dorine Kay, Kari Lynn and Ronda Kathleen; and finally their only son, Gary Scott Christian Peltola, on July 4, 1979.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine; father, Ray Peltola; mother, Katherine Lee; step-father, George Lee; brother, Raymond Peltola; mother-in-law, Judy Demientieff; his favorite uncle, Edward Hoffman (Uncle Eddie); favorite aunt, Mary Samuelson and her husband, John Datu Samuelson; favorite cousin, Edward Sonny Hoffman; best friends, Jake and Alec Aloysius; grandson, Dustin Lawrence Neace; great-granddaughter, Shobi Aniah Neace; and many more cousins and uncles and aunties.

Ron is survived by his daughters and spouses, Taren Peltola (Brian Tomes), Dana Peltola, Dorine (Terry Newman), Kari Peltola and companion Kirk Gunther, Ronda Peltola and companion, Brian Miller; son, Gary Scott and wife Bernadette Chaney; grandchildren, Ashleigh Yager, Jordan Ronald Neace, Kurtis and Kayde Kemp, Tristan, Demi, Cody and Logan Sumstad, Jared Ronald Peltola, Ashton Blake Peltola-Miller, Jaden Joseph Anthony Peltola, Adrienne Marie, Alex Ronald and Geraldine Peltola; great-grandchildren, Ruben Sean and Asher Jude Yager, and Skyler Kemp; brothers, Gene (Eirma Peltola), Glenn (Cora Peltola) Cheryl (James Vaska), step-sisters, Darlene Morgan, Debbie Lee, Loretta Robinette, step-brothers, Raymond, Walter, Douglas and George Lee; and Ron's companion, Carolyn Moses.






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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2011.
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January 13, 2021
Hi dad, just wanted to say miss you. Life is hard but doable. My kids are thriving , I have a job. Auntie sally is good. Lol you already know that. Just miss you dad
Dana Peltola
Family
September 12, 2020
Hi dad, it's moose hunting time and I haven't hunted in a long time missing Charlotte and the kids, kind of lost right now most of your daughters have a chip on their shoulder to think they're better than everybody else and they can talk down to everybody else you know the patola way I guess so I cut them off don't need negativity and scolding in my life, you have a new great-granddaughter named violet I talk to her every other day, I miss the kids a lot I don't know, it feels like my life is in a holding pattern and while I'm going in circles life is continuing down below the clouds.
Gary Peltola
Family
September 12, 2020
Hi dad, it's moose hunting time and I haven't hunted in a long time missing Charlotte and the kids, kind of lost right now most of your daughters have a chip on their shoulder to think they're better than everybody else and they can talk down to everybody else you know the patola way I guess so I cut them off don't need negativity and scolding in my life, you have a new great-granddaughter named violet I talk to her every other day, I miss the kids a lot I don't know, it feels like my life is in a holding pattern and while I'm going in circles life is continuing down below the clouds. Talk to you later
Gary Peltola
Family
January 14, 2020
You know dad, I now have a feeling of how you felt when mom died. Having to bear this hurt and loss of Charlotte, its completely different then the grief i had for you, or mom and im sure its different for everyone, but loosing the woman you love, you been with every day of so many years. Im so lost, I keep wanting her back. I am so lost.
Gary Peltola
January 13, 2020
your always on someones mind sir, we will miss you always rip dad, love you Dana
October 8, 2019
Oh pappasaun you are so missed. Love you.
Dana Peltola
January 31, 2019
Hi uppa, how are you and grandma doing? I love you.
Adrienne-Marie Peltola
January 11, 2018
hi dad, been thinking about you a lot lately, sure hope that you are doing well in heaven with everyone, your 7 year anniversary is coming up Sunday, and I sure do miss you a lot, I love you daddy.... Taren
January 7, 2018
i miss you
adrienne peltola
January 5, 2018
missing you - this thing called life sucks
dana peltola
February 11, 2017
Missing you and mom. So many changes in life......
Dana Peltola
February 9, 2017
hi uppa, how are you and gram doing up in heaven? amazing i bet :) i miss you and gram so much i wish you two were here :( i love you two <3
adrienne
December 20, 2016
Merry Christmas Dad
its been over 5 years since you left this earth and I sure hope that you are enjoying heaven with everyone, a day never passes that I miss you and brian so much, I sure that you taught him how to fly.... I love and miss you so much ...your oldest taren
December 14, 2016
merry Christmas in heaven
December 14, 2016
missing you and that isn't nothing new- wishing you were here
dana peltola
November 12, 2011
hi dad
just wanted to say hi and say would you and brian not make it snow so much LOL almost 2 feet in a week....man i sure miss you alot its so weird not having you around anymore, monday would have been a year since you moved in with me and man not a day goes by that i say or mention you in some sort of a way or another...anyway i love and miss you alot...R.I.P daddy till we meet again...
May 13, 2011
pops,
its been 5 yrs since mom left us but you are with her and so glad that your finally together- its been so hard since you and mom left us hate feeling lonely but your in a better place
dana peltola
April 27, 2011
dad,
doing this alone is the hardest thing i life i had to go thru -well when we lost dustin and shobi that was hard but this is harder too you were our rock and we always knew you would be there now your gone and feeling numb doesnt go away crying too some days are good and some arent i love you ronnnnnniiiieee
dane
April 25, 2011
Dear Daddy
its been 3 months and 10 days since you passed and left your children today is April 24 11 years today i met Brian can you believe that i so still cry for you and MISS the heck out of you, you were my rock now there is now one there i have been so stressed where are you to calm me down like you used too I MISS YOU ALOT EVERYDAY i just wanted to tell you that I LOVE YOU ALOT AND MISS YOU WITH ALL MY HEART R.I.P daddy...why did you have to pass away you were supposed to outlive me like you said..your oldest daughter Taren
March 22, 2011
Ron I miss and love u soo much it hurts but WE have all the special memories that u have left behind,tears,laughter,your cooking,baking,the times we both went to your best friend Clyde Pavil to borrow his huge meat saw when we both brought moosemeat to cut into for stew meat..steaks..and u being u always had a heart to share with everyone,miss making our jams together,sharing our dreams together,your endless and wonderful stories of Nyac,Cooper Valley and Bethel,hunting stories illegal or not,flying through the worst weather and the best..I am very happy that u left at your most "Happiest" time in your LiFe..we were suppose to be married around your birthday as your wish June..how I miss your humor..as I did try to tame a roaring "Lion"..u and I know u had a heart of GoLd..Love and Miss u but do know u will be in my heart forever and forever as u would want that..May God Bless each and everyone of your grown children and grandchilren..
Always my love
Carolyn Moses
carolyn moses
March 22, 2011
Miss and Love you soo much,Ron & I were together till his last days w/laughter,tears,sharing endless stories of his upbringing in Nyac,Holycross,Copper Valley and Bethel,endless moosehunting nd fishing stories,but espically his flying abilities,he may have been loud at times but as I shared@his funeral I had tamed him alittle bit..once a lion who could roar had a "Heart of Gold" that was Ron always had a giving heart with moosemeat..fish..jam we would make..his yummy sourdough pancakes..curry moosemeat,baked salmon but my favorite crab&shrimp salad! We were suppose to be married around his birthday in June..know in heart he will be with me forever and forever as he would put it best..Love u tons and tons babe..RIP love..miss you..God Bless each and everyone of your children and grandchildren during this trying and tough times but what a wonderful feeling knowing to be shared by all "Ron Peltolas"..memories
Always my love
Carolyn Moses
Carolyn Moses
March 22, 2011
Loved by many and never forgotten. RIP Ronnie. You are sorely missed. God Bless the Peltola family.

Lisa Ayers
Lisa Ayers
February 11, 2011
Dad
you have been gone from us for 4 weeks today and man do i ever miss you and your cooking every night havent cooked dinner since you been gone :(... it is getting harder as the days go by but your memory will always be with me, darn it anyway i have been dreaming about every night too.. i love you and miss you so darn much..i sure hope that you are doing good up in heaven and that you are happy again with mom and everyone...love your oldest taren
January 27, 2011
My deepest condolences,love & prayers to the Peltola Family.I know your father is very happy with my cousin Geraldine(your mom)and Uncle Joe Newman reminicing ol' times,telling all about you children and grandchildren. Keep the Faith,Pray and be strong.
Alden & Judi Walker
January 26, 2011
My name is Dori (Peaches Peltola) and I'm one of Ron's daughters. I am wanting to get a hold of anyone including Loretta Robinette of Anchorage. My phone is 541-848-7710 and my email is dorinekay@q.com. This is for a news story that someone wants to write about my dad as he is part of history in bush Alaska with Bush Air. Thank you so much and God bless you.
Dori Newman (Peaches Peltola)
January 26, 2011
Dad you have been gone from us for over a week now and i still am in shock going to miss you picking me up from work and bringing me to work as well but ur with mom and ur family tell dustin and shobi hello from me glad ur got to meet miss shobi dad i love you
Great Dane in the morning
Greaty Dane Peltola
January 25, 2011
Rest in peace Ron.
Thoughts go out to the family.
Emil Sorensen
January 25, 2011
Dad - I already miss you like crazy. You were one amazing man - one of a kind. I can't beleive you are gone - so suddenly but I know you are in a better place and is up there with mom:) I love you so much Dad. May you Rest in Peace - God Bless your soul. Love your Baby Girl who I heard from many people that you were very proud of me. This is tough..
Ronda Peltola
January 25, 2011
Rest in Peace Dad. I already miss you so much, I still can't beleive you are gone, you left us so suddenly. I know you are happy as ever now and with mom:) I love you so much. This is going to be tough. Bless your soul. Love your baby girl who I heard from so many that you were very proud of me - RIP. You were one of a kind - a Legend. Love you lots - Ronda
Ronda Peltola
January 24, 2011
Rest in peace Ron.
Leo Schaeffer
January 23, 2011
I remember Ron as one of my special students in an English class at Copper Valley School in his sophomore year. Nice guy who I am sure will be missed by those who knew him. God's peace and blessings to his family and friends.
Mary Jo (Cravens) Schaefers
January 23, 2011
Love and miss you dad. I will always hold you dear to my heart. XOXOOXOX Rest in peace and I look forward to the day we see each other again. Meet me by the gate!!! Love Peaches
Dori Peaches Peltola Newman
January 23, 2011
Rest in peace.
Fr Thomas
January 23, 2011
My condolences to the Peltola family, even after 25+ years, I still remember bush air. That sais a lot about a man.
john grigsby
January 23, 2011
Hi Uppa,
I miss you so much. I think about you half of the day non stop on and off. In my head I am revisiting the trillions of memories me and you had. I am remembering the memories I would never think I would ever remember. I love you and I'm accepting your In a better place. I am going to put what you taught me to use.
Jared Peltola
January 23, 2011
Dear Taren, Dana, and family:
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Lean on your faith, family, and friends for strength - hold on tight to the wonderful memories of your dad and mom for strength. Love to you all.

Jamie Newman (cousin Amie Markus)
Jamie Newman
January 22, 2011
Hey Dad
I think I,m off my pink cloud, thanks for always making me laugh n realize how important your daughter is to me. May GOD always carry you through trials n tribulations
January 22, 2011
Dad
my heart aches for you so much i cant even fathom that you have passed, my memories of the last two months will always be with me and brian i am proud to be your oldest daughter and we will miss you alot..R.I.P daddy i love you with all my heart..... taren
January 22, 2011
Our love and prayers goes out to the family of Ron. I played basketball with Ron and Jakie at Copper Valley. He was the best that High School basketball had to offer. God's speed Ron !!!!. John and Christine Paul,Jr.
J Paul,jr
January 22, 2011
Rest in peace, Ron. You were one of a kind and will be remembered by so many of us who shared good times with you over the years. Our prayers and condolences to all your family.
Bill & Marge Bainton
January 21, 2011
Prayers for my friends and extended family; Kari, Kim, Peaches, Dana, Taren, Ronda, Gary, Stacey, as they learn to live each day in the absence of their dad. I ask, Dear Lord, replace the pain & ache they're feeling with memories that warm each heart & bring tears of joy, knowing he's flying the skies from dawn to dusk, shouting out,"Unbelievable, life goes on." with a laugh and a smile we will always miss and can still hear in our hearts.
Traci Fitka
January 21, 2011
My condolences on the loss of your brother and father: Gene,Sr.,Glenn,Cheryl and Ron's Children my thoughts and prayers are with you all. To the girls and gary, auntie is as close as a phone call. If you need me in the days ahead.love you auntie Pam
Pam (Peltola) See
January 21, 2011
It is always hard to say goodbye to a friend and even harder to a long time one,Ronnie and I played ball togther when he lived here in Mass City in the 50's and would come and visit yearly. I want to send my deepest condolences to his family and let them know they are not alone because he will be missed in our hearts also.
Ronald Moilanen
January 21, 2011
My prayers and deepest sympathies to the Peltola family.
Lynnann Laselle-Carlson
January 20, 2011
My condolence goes out to the Peltola children and thier family. To know Ronnie was like getting to know Katherine. Took me a few years to get close to Katherine but I finally came around and grew to love and respect her very much. I do miss her dearly. Ronnie reminds me alot of Katherine, loud and very out spoken BUT with a heart of gold. My dad spoke highly of all the Peltola boys (Ronnie, Gene, Glen & Ray) and Cheryl. I still miss my dad and Katherine. If it wasn't for Ronnie back in 1983, we wouldn't of had 24 more wonderful years with my dad. Ronnie was really good about family & friends like that.
Ronnie, your the lucky one to see our Lord and our loved ones who have passed, enjoy the heartfelt joyful time you've once knew with family & friends. Rest In Peace Ronnie
Loretta Robinett
January 20, 2011
Ronnie, I may have messed up a charter or two as a weekend employee at Bush Air, but you kept me working; maybe because you couldn't fire relatives. :) May you find eternal peace as you fly the skies in Heaven. Love to the family.
Shelly
January 20, 2011
Jerry and Mike Race wish the family our deep sympathy we enjoyed Nyac with the Peltola family as our own brothers, peace be with you all, we too will remember Ron.
Mike Race
January 20, 2011
miss you dad
dana
January 20, 2011
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Edna,Ernie&Justin Berestoff
January 19, 2011
My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ron Peltola's family and friends. In the four years that I was with Ron, he was always telling me stories about his childhood in Nyak and school years at Copper Valley and Holy Cross. He returned in 2008 to Copper Valley school grounds, he had so many memories that he told me about the buildings that were there, but not there now. Ron was a loud talking, kind hearted, giving and loving person. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Ron.
Diane Vanderpool
January 19, 2011
Ron was remembered by the many Copper Valley family's. On our CVS site, many send their condolances..They all have very fond memories of his basketball days. Jake was probably waiting for a good game up there with him. Prayers to all of his family for the hard time they will go through but remember all the good memories.
Renee Nicholson
January 19, 2011
My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ron Peltola's family and relatives. In the four years I was with Ron, he was always telling stories about friends and his life growing up in Nyak, and the school years in Holy Cross and Copper Valley. Finally in 2008, Ron went back to Cooper Valley school grounds, he had so many memories there, he was telling me about the buildings that were still there and remembering the others that are now gone. Ron Peltola was a loud talking, kind hearted, giving, caring and loving person, he will be missed. Rest in peace Ron.
Diane Vanderpool
January 19, 2011
Godspeed Ron! You will be missed by many family and friends.
Arlene aka Shoonty Rost
January 19, 2011
Godspeed Ron! You will be missed by so many family and friends.
Shoonty Venes-Rost
January 19, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Ron. He was a treasure...we sure had some great times with him in the UP of Michigan. Our prayers are with all of you at this trying time.
Harold & DoeDoe Peltola
January 19, 2011
My heart goes out to your family and friends.....rest peacefully Ron
Ginger Cudnohufsky
January 19, 2011
Our sincere condolences to the Peltola brothers, sister, children, relatives and freinds of Ron Peltola.
Mardy & Allen Joseph & family
January 19, 2011
Our sincere condolences & prayers to you & your family.

Bud & Margie Revet, Bethel, Alaska
January 19, 2011
sorry for the lost of your father,grandfather brother,
dennis & mary cummings
January 19, 2011
Would like to send my condolences to Ron's family
Stosha Pole
January 19, 2011
God Bless the Peltola family.
Caroline Spangler
January 19, 2011
sorry to hear this, ron was my boss for a year and we got along great!! you will be missed
Lorena Cottenham
January 19, 2011
I remember Ronnie has a fun entertaining guy, with a heart of gold, he will be missed, even though I haven't seen him for years, I remember what a great and fun guy he was, a lot of laughs. He and Dad had many memories together, Richard J. Clark Sr. He was there for my Mom, Della Clark, chopping wood for her when they lived in Nyac, in the 1950's. He's now with the rest of the relatives, with stories to tell, I'm sure.
Debra Clark-Wilson
January 19, 2011
my dad used to charter bush air for me saying that ron peltola and "his crew" new how to fly in any kind of weather condition because they were from alaska. I agree he had people who knew and know our country well and if I recall he used to have people "charge" when they couldn't get home to their familes. even i don't know him well he had a heart of gold by his actions. rip mr peltola.
Elsie Smith
January 19, 2011
My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Peltola family and the Bethel community. You are all in my prayers.
Ronda if there's anything you need a hug or an ear, please let me know.
Esther England
January 19, 2011
Shana Peltola
January 19, 2011
Ron Peltola is my first memory of Bethel, Alaska. A place I have called home and has a piece of my heart. He and his wife opened their home to my father and I when we first arrived. My father loved Ron, and he and his family's (my family's) kindness are remembered on this day. My condolences and prayers to his daughters and son. May he rest in peace and love to his family.
Nicole Dahl
January 19, 2011
Rest Peacefully Ron Peltola
January 19, 2011
Willie Echuck
January 19, 2011
Dave/Sandra Gilbert
January 19, 2011
I am going to miss you so much dad and i am proud to be called ur daughter! love you
dana peltola
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