Patrick Pelland

Patrick Pelland
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Retired USAF MSgt. Patrick V. Pelland, 85, of Shiloh, IL, born December 14, 1929, in Clifton, KS, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at The Colonnade Senior Living, O’Fallon, IL.

Mr. Pelland served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years, retiring in 1970.  He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL, where he served as a lector.  He was also a member of the Toastmasters, the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Clyde, KS.  Some of his joys were coaching little league baseball teams, ham radio operating (call sign: W9GMR), gardening, fishing, setting lobster traps, and teasing his grandchildren.  Throughout his life, he maintained his Kansas farming roots, never passing up the chance to drive tractors and trucks.

Patrick was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Carol, nee O’Connell, Pelland, whom he married on April 11, 1953, and who died on June 30, 2011; his parents, Albert and Leda, nee Saulnier, Pelland; and a sister, Maura Jean Garguilo.

Surviving are his five children, Gregory (Julie) Pelland of Carbondale, CO,
Mary Webster of Belleville, IL,
Katie Pelland of Granby, MA,
John (Shannon) Pelland of Glenwood Springs, CO,
and Amy (Craig) Koehler of Troy, IL;
ten grandchildren, Erica Pelland, Mark (Nicole) Webster,
Michael Webster (fiancee, Jodie Gipson),
Mary (T.J.) McManus, Casey (Krista) McDonald,
Anna McDonald, D.J. Pelland, Willy Pelland,
Andrew Koehler (fiancee, Ellie Seibert), and Gregory Taplin;
four great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Madeleine McManus, Riley Koehler,
and Samuel McDonald;
four sisters and three brothers, Elaine Salisbury of Junction City, KS,
Rena Girard of Kirkwood, MO,
Gloria Ann Frasier of Hebron, NE,
Daniel Pelland of Fort Worth, TX,
Dennis Pelland of Trinidad, TX,
Judy Gerwig of Flatwood, WV,
and Thomas (Joan) Pelland of Poteau, OK;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church or to Heartland Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2015, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Monday , June 8, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, IL, with Msgr. James Margason officiating.  Cremation will follow the services.  Burial with military honors will be held at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL, at a later date.

Condolences Left For Patrick Pelland

Now Pat is at peace, and with Carol. Thinking of you, all.

Bill and Barbara Barnes, New Castle, CO, 81647

What a great loss for your family.I’m sorry to hear of his passing and thinking about all of you during what I’m sure is a difficult time.

Gini Rainwater, Maryville, IL, 62062

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Pelland was always a sweet and kind soul when I had the pleasure of helping him. God Bless Him.

Natascha Weinmann-Smith, Troy, Illinois, 62294

Will miss Patrick only knew him for a short time but he was a sweet guy. Employee at Colonnade Senior Living.

Teresa Sipes, Belleville, Il, 62221

Uncle Pat is now with his family that passed before him,including eldest sister Maura Jean. So sorry we cannot make the services. Prayers for all at this time.

Denise & Tom Carrow, Atwood, KS, 67730

I am immensely disappointed that I am unable to be with you in person to celebrate the life of my big brother. I plan to have a couple of Masses said for him.
Love to all of you.

Elaine Salsbury, Junction City, KS, 66441

My deepest sympathies to the family. I remember Pat well from growing up with the family in Shiloh.So sorry for your loss.

Jeff Buehler, New Athens, Il, 62264

Dear cousins,
I send my condolences to all of you and I wish I could have been there to help celebrate Uncle Pat’s life. I know it became hard toward the end but also know he longed to be reunited with Aunt Carol and so there is comfort in that. I see in his obituary that he liked to tease his grandchildren. I think that he had plenty of practice on his nieces and nephews :). He leaves you with great memories and heritage (Aunt Carol too!). Love to you all, Mary

Mary Girard, Kearney, NE, 68847

I used to be afraid of Uncle Pat when I was little. When the family would come to St. Louis and visit, Uncle Pat would always try to grab me and pretend he was going to take me home with him. Sometimes he even got me to the car. BUT those that knew me, knew I would never go anywhere without my parents. Later it life, I knew Uncle Pat just loved to tease me and everyone else he met. He loved to try to make you laugh with him and he is going to be greatly missed.

I am sorry that your family had to go through the pain of watching the Alzheimer’s decease take him. It is a decease that no one should have to go through but Uncle Pat is at peace now and with the love of his life, Aunt Carol.

Sharon Ratliff, Fenton, MO, 63026

Pat was my big brother and as a little girl, I looked up to him and wanted to please him. One of my earliest memories of Pat was when he was in high school and wanted to quit. Our Dad would not hear of it as he wanted his children to have more opportunities than he had. This caused some dissention but ultimately Pat did finish high school and later came to realize that his Dad wanted what was best for him and was grateful. I think this created a close bond between father and son. Pat loved his parents very much and they him. When he, Pat, was in the military, Mother and Dad were so proud. Their eldest son was serving our country. People were more patriotic then. In closing, those were hard times you grew up in but you made the most of what you were given and more. I have always admired your accomplishments. The positive about your death is that you can be reunited with your beloved, Carol. What a reunion! Your children can be very proud of the man you were. I guess you got one last one on me by listing my name as “Gloria” when you listed your survivors. Love to all. KEEP THE FAITH!! Ann

Ann Pelland Fraser, Hebron, NE, 68370

I am sorry to hear of the loss of my cousin Patrick. I grew up in Nebraska. I am the daughter of Edmie Saulnier Bachand, sister of Patrick’s mother Leda. I enjoyed seeing Patrick and his two daughters at the 100th Birthday of Irene Saulnier back in 2012. Our paths did not cross many times throughout the years. God Bless the Pelland family.


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