Charles L. Pelton November 22, 1940 – February 28, 2017
Memorial services for Charles L. Pelton, MD, 76, of Gettysburg and formerly of Timber Lake were Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Spitzer- Miller Funeral Home in Aberdeen. Chaplain Deb Barnett officiated. Charles died Tuesday, February 28 at Bethany Home in Sioux Falls. Charles L. Pelton was born November 22, 1940 to Charles L. and Irene Pelton in Mitchell. When he was six years old they moved to Timber Lake. This is the area where he grew up and graduated from Timber Lake High School with the Class of 1959. Charles married the love of his life, Lois Myers, on June 21, 1959 in Timber Lake and they moved to Sioux Falls, where he attended Sioux Falls College for one year. He worked for Salad Master and later worked for a Pharmaceutical Company. He went on to Vermillion attending USD from 1963-1967. He attended Kansas University and graduated with his PhD of Medicine. Dr. Charles Pelton, MD began his internship at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls in 1970. He was offered a position at a prestigious clinic in Sioux Falls once his internship was completed but he wanted to work in a rural setting. He took a position at Hoven and after about three years they moved to Gettysburg. In 1977 he moved to Aberdeen where he was in private practice until his retirement in 1987. Following his retirement, he continued working locum tenums and for Indian Health Service, Emergency Room, and the VA until 2014. Charles took flying lessons from Harry Herbertson in Tea. The family would all go along while he took his lessons. Once he earned his pilot’s license he decided to become instrument trained and even in inclement weather they always got to their destination. They enjoyed their travel around the world including Asian and European countries. Charles was the father of three ambitious and productive children. He was proud of their abilities and confronted and encouraged them to succeed. He also encouraged his grandchildren to work to the utmost of their abilities. Charles was an avid writer and published several books. He also served on numerous committees at Avera St. Luke’s Hospit Charles was a highly creative man, whether he was writing, designing a landscape for the yard, and choosing pictures that reinforced his beliefs. He enjoyed his time on his Kubota tractor. He passed his passions on to his children. He also considered it a privilege to encourage his grandchildren and watch them become happy, healthy, productive members of society. Grateful for having shared Charles’s life are his wife of 58 years, Lois Myers-Pelton; children: Cynthia Pelton of Sioux City, IA, Chuck (Monica) Pelton of Aberdeen, and Christine Pelton of Sioux Falls; grandchildren— Alex Radigan-Pelton, Kaytlin Pelton, Megan Pelton, Heath (Chelsea) Pelton, and Erik (Angela) Pelton; great-grandchildren Dorian, Emmiline and Aidric; siblings, Doug (Helen) Pelton of Piedmont and Nell Herricks of Florida. Preceding Charles in death are his father, Charles Leonard Pelton; mother, Irene (Briggs) Pelton- Anderson; step-father, Paul Anderson; brother, Michael Pelton and stepbrother, Earl Jackman. In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to the memorial of your choice.