OSWEGO, NY – Louis John Pelow, son of the late Albert and Mary Mae (Feeney) Pelow died at the age of 100 years on Friday April 8, 2016.
Louis was born on June 30 of 1915 at his home.
Births at hospitals were not to common at this time as mothers preferred to give birth at home with an attending doctor.
As siblings, Louis had one brother, Albert Joseph, the firstborn, who died at the age of six months; and five sisters who also predeceased him.
His sisters were, Verna (Stanley) Kon, Arlene (Joseph) Stackley, Lucille (Earl) Kunzwiler, Betty (Fred) Crimmins and Evelyn (George) Delong.
Because of his gift of longevity, Louis is survived by a cast of elderly nieces and nephews and a host of mature cousins as well.
After Louie finished his education in the Oswego school system, he took jobs wherever he could find employment because this was the time of the Great Depression and jobs were very scarce.
In 1933, he did a hitch with the Civil Conservation Corp (CCC) where he was building dams in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The government paid him a dollar a day along with free room and board.
He thoroughly enjoyed the hard work in the outdoors.
In the early 1940s he enlisted in the United States Army in defense of our country, doing his tour of duty in North Africa, Algiers and Italy until World War II had ended.
Louis worked at the Riverside Cemetery for 16 years following his discharge from the Army.
He prized working in the great outdoors.
He was employed with the Nestle Chocolate Works in Fulton for several years.
Before his retirement, Louis gained employment at his final job as a custodian at SUNY Oswego for the next ten years.
Upon his retirement from SUNY Oswego, Louis returned to work part- time for four years at Riverside Cemetery.
Throughout his years of employment Louis often worked two jobs at a time.
For a time one of those second jobs was at the Conn Knitting Mill here in Oswego.
One of his loves was painting houses.
He became his own contractor and painted for homeowners and also for businesses in the Oswego community.
His love of painting also became a hobby for him as he painted many lovely paint-by-number oil paintings which decorated the walls of his own home and the homes of others as well.
Mr. Pelow was a quiet, humble man of faith who possessed a deep relationship with his God and always tried to be of help in any way to others whenever the opportunity presented itself, just like his loving charitable mother.
He was profoundly loved and respected by his family members who were gratefully blessed by the gift of his healthy presence for such a long period of time.
As General MacArthur aptly once said, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away!”
May God’s infinite blessings be upon you, faithful servant!
Memorial services will be held on Saturday April 16 at 11 a.m. from the New Haven Community Alliance Church, 4175 State Route 104, New Haven.
There are no calling hours.
Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.