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Ian K. Pelton

Ian K. Pelton June 29, 1953 - Aug. 17, 2013

PAYNESVILLE - Ian K. Pelton age 60, of Paynesville passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the Paynesville Area Hospital in Paynesville. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at Paynesville Lutheran Church in Paynesville. A memorial visitation will be held from 4-8:00 pm on Tuesday at Paynesville Lutheran Church and continue one hour prior to the service on Wednesday In lieu of flowers or other memorials, donations may be made to the newly established Ian Pelton Fund for the Arts at or under Colleen Pelton's name at the Bank of the West.

Ian Kent Pelton was born June 29, 1953, in Fostoria, OH to Edith and John Pelton. A 1971 graduate of Fostoria High School, Ian attended Bowling Green State University. On June 18, 1977 he married the love of his life, Colleen Schwieger (Pelton), in a ceremony in her hometown of Fairfax, MN. They spent more than 36 blissful years together, raising two daughters, Erin and Lindsey.

For 30 years, Ian was a skilled cabinet maker at Willmar Wood Products. He was also a devoted and active member of the Paynesville community, directing various choirs, volunteering to support local arts initiatives and theater productions, and directing numerous community musicals. He sang in the Minnesota Center Chorale for many years and participated in numerous operettas under the sponsorship of the Quite Light Opera Company. Ian was also a founding member of the Paynesville Arts Council. He could often be found at the local auditorium, building sets and running the lights and sound for local arts initiatives. In 2013 he won the Minneapolis Aquatennial's Commodore Award for his dedicated volunteerism and community service.

Ian enjoyed traveling with his wife Colleen, especially to visit their daughter Lindsey in Chicago, or his daughter Erin, in New York or Washington, DC. In recent years he looked forward to his annual New Year's celebration with the family in Puerto Rico, where his daughter Erin married her husband, Miguel Estien. They are expecting their first child in December. A voracious reader, Ian also enjoyed evening walks with Colleen and their dogs and weekly movie outings.

In addition to his wife and daughters, Ian is survived by his sister, Constance Irvin (Bob) and niece Elizabeth of Mentor, OH, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.