GWINN, Mich. - Thomas Patrick Pellow, "Ace" to all his many friends, died early Friday morning, March 1, 2013, at his home in Gwinn after a heroic battle with emphysema and lung disease. He was 71 years old.
Pat was born on February 21, 1942, in Saginaw Michigan to Virginia and Thomas Pellow. He was the oldest of five children. A native of Gwinn and a graduate of Gwinn High School class of 1960, Pat briefly attended Northern Michigan University before proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army. Pat was an expert marksman and while in the Army he completed two tours in Viet Nam, where he was a paratrooper and a door gunner on a helicopter. Shortly after returning home from the Army, he met and married his loving wife Patti Kamp Pellow and they had two sons. Pat and Patti recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Pat spent most of his working life in the town of Gwinn, where he was employed by Forsyth Township for many years. He worked for the Township in several capacities, but the one he most enjoyed was the Gwinn Clubhouse Manager. He liked the fact that it was filled with people of all age groups, and he loved the conversation and camaraderie that went along with the job. He was a lifetime member of the Gwinn VFW Chapter 5670 and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Pellow felt that one of his greatest achievements was assisting in the development of the Gwinn Viet Nam Veteran Memorial Park in downtown Gwinn. He found the main component for the memorial, a ten ton granite bolder which the committee later selected and agreed to use as the "heart" of the memorial.
Thomas Patrick Pellow
He is survived by his wife of 34 years Patti, sons Douglas of Marquette and David of Gwinn, sister Anne (Bill) Collins of Fort Worth, Texas, sister Mary (Gene) Holzhauer, sister Martha (Paul) LaChance of Fort Worth, Texas, brother Dan of Ishpeming, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pat was a proud American, a devoted husband and father, a good friend and an animal lover. He impacted people's lives through friendship, and will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home with Rev. Ronald Libey officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will take place in the Gwinn Cemetery in the spring.
Memories of Pat may be shared at canalefuneral.com.