Reginald W. Pelton, 86 born March 6, 1934, passed away peacefully and comfortably at Shaker Place Rehabilitation/Nursing Home on June 30, 2020 where he received loving care. “Nice Guy Reg” was born at home to Leroy and Viola Atkins Pelton in Coeymans, NY. He was one of eight children, LeRoy, Cornelius, Raymond, Charles, John, Ruth, and Pearl all of whom have preceded him in death as did their spouses.
Reggie married Anne M. Finch on 7/15/1954 and they would have celebrated their 66th anniversary this year. He was the loving father of daughter, Debbie Pelton Elsner (Jim) of Lafayette, IN and was preceded in death by Reggie Jr. of Albany NY. “Poppy” was beloved by his grandsons, Mark Elsner and Cory Pelton, and great grandchildren AJ, Ryan, Reese & Parker, Alexis, and Sophie Anne. He loved and enjoyed his many nieces and nephews. Most of their friends are gone, but they had years of a great friendship with his hunting/fishing partner Marty Lesh and his dear wife Nancy. Camping and fishing at Lake Champlain with his nephew John Michael and Wife Alice brought him great joy. Special thanks to his loving niece Ruthann Benedict who was always surprising Anne and Reggie with canned goods, meals, and treats. God Bless his sister in law Kathy Finch for all she has done and continues to do for Anne & Reggie’s health and welfare daily.
A Bosun Mate in the US Navy, Reggie completed two tours of duty in Korea.
Nothing gave him as much pleasure as a walk in the woods. He was an avid outdoors man and loved fishing and hunting and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1520, the West Albany Rod & Gun Club, and a lifetime member of the NRA. His hunting and fishing trips led to a lifetime of memories and laughs because of the pranks the guys played on each other. Also, he was a fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants.
An announcement of a future memorial service will be made at a later date.