BASIL HUGHIE PELLETIER

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BASIL HUGHIE PELLETIER Columbia Memorial Chapel Our beloved husband, dad and grandpa, Basil H. "Shorty" Pelletier, passed away on June 6, 2017, at the age of 89. He was born on June 28, 1927, in Perham, Maine, and had lived in Pasco for 57 years before his death at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Shorty grew up in Washburn, Maine. After high school he joined the Navy, serving on a few ships before ending his service on the U.S.S. Seminole. While on shore leave in Seattle, a Navy buddy set him up on a blind date, and that's when he met the love of his life, Erma Carlin. Shorty and Erma were engaged just over two weeks later. Shorty was to be discharged from San Diego on Nov. 2, 1949, and the couple were to be married on Dec. 3, 1949, but he wasn't released until one day before the wedding because of a huge paperwork mix-up. He scrambled to get on a plane from San Diego to Seattle and made it to the wedding in the nick of time. The Pelletiers were married for 67 years. He attended the University of Washington for four years and graduated with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering. He worked for GE for a short period of time. The couple then moved to Pasco in 1960, with their 2-year-old daughter in tow, so Shorty could work for Bonneville Power Administration. Not long after settling in Pasco, they welcomed their son. Shorty retired from the BPA as a supervisory electrical engineer. He had started bowling on leagues while in Seattle, then joined the men's bowling league once in Pasco. He bowled from around 1960 until he finally "retired" around 2014. He also was a Master Mason, having joined the fraternity in 1954. Shorty had a passion for snow skiing, flying radio-controlled airplanes and fishing for trout and steelhead. After retirement, he spent a good majority of his time fishing. When his kids were young, he attended their swim practices when he could after work, helped organize Pasco meets and drove them to other meets. It seemed like most weekends were filled with swim meets in the summer and skiing weekends in the winter. Shorty also was very involved in other activities with his kids, like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rainbow and DeMolay. As his kids got older, he continued to help them out ­ putting in sprinkler systems, building brick flower beds and babysitting his daughter's dogs while she was at work or on vacations. He even got to the point where he would have overnight visits with her dogs just because. When Cheryl's son, Casey, was born, it renewed a youthfulness in Shorty. Grandpa and grandson were like two peas in a pod, and at times could be considered partners in crime. Shorty was like a father figure to Casey, both before and after Casey's father died. He showed Casey the world as they went everywhere together the airport to see planes take off and land, City Hall to pay bills, train stations, etc. The two were always going somewhere. He was a huge influence in Casey's life and helped mold him into the young man he is today, and for that his mom will be eternally grateful. Shorty is lovingly remembered by: his wife Erma; daughter Cheryl Pelletier; son Daryl Pelletier (Kim); grandson Casey Keynon; and step-grandchildren Donavon Sheckler, Annie Armstrong and Alexandria Armstrong. He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Alcide Pelletier. The family wishes to thank Dr. Daniel Quiroz, Dr. Jeffrey M. Lehr and the doctors and nurses at Kadlec Regional Medical Center for their loving care. Shorty was a very patient, loving and giving man. He was always there to lend a hand, could strike up a conversation with anyone and enjoyed swapping stories. He will be truly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1116 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA. The family is holding a private inurnment at Columbia Memorial Funeral Chapel and Gardens, 224 S. 24th Ave., Pasco, WA.
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Published in Tri-City Herald from June 18 to June 20, 2017