J. Charles ‘Chuck’ ‘Pea Soup’ Peltier

ESCANABA – J. Charles “Chuck” “Pea Soup” Peltier, 92, 2415 5th Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away on Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014, at Christian Park Health Care Center.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1921, in Escanaba, son of Joseph and Blanche (Cabillot) Peltier. Chuck graduated from Escanaba High School in 1939.

On May 29, 1948, Chuck married Shirley J. Norden in Berkley, Mich.

Chuck served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from July 6, 1942, until Nov. 30, 1945. He was honored with a Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific (five Bronze Stars) and Philippine Liberation (one Star).

Chuck was employed as a machinist at Harnischfeger, retiring in 1980. He bartended at many area restaurants and bars also.

He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Escanaba Country Club, bowled, played softball, and was a skillful craftsman. He managed the 1954 Harnischfeger fast pitch softball team that won every tournament they played in including, State of Michigan Class A Championship.

Chuck was a member of St. Anne’s Parish, Escanaba Elks Lodge 354, and was a life member of the American Legion Post 82.

Among survivors include his two sons, James L. (Rose) Peltier of Escanaba and William (Trudy) Peltier of McMillian, Mich.; sister, Carol (Roger) Johnson of Gladstone; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Shirley, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bennard and Leonard; and sisters, Marcella Peltier, Virginia Weber, and Theresa Holm.

Visitation will be on Monday, July 7, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Delta County Veterans Council will hold services at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Anne’s Church Building Fund.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Peltier family.