James “Jim” Peter Pelto

October 11, 1961 - July 12, 2018
James “Jim” Peter Pelto

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We celebrate a significant life well lived of James Peter Pelto born October 11, 1961, in Detroit Michigan to Bob and Mary Pelto. He left his earthly home July 12, 2018. Those left to celebrate his life are his son James, daughter-in-law Kate, daughter Jenifer and son-in-law Jason, grandchildren Julie, Columbus, Bailey and Lucas. His mom, Mary, siblings Faith, Patti (Mike), Joan (Roger) and John (Lisa.) Also, his nieces and nephews, April, Jeani (Nick), Jason (Shannon), Angela (Jamal), Joel (Lisa), Nathan (Brandy), Evan, Mikey (Chay), Kendall (Cassie) and Melissa, many grand -nieces and grand-nephews, many other relatives and countless friends.

Those who went before him, his Dad, Bob, sister Cathy, brother-in-law Gerald, nephews Sean & Erik and many more.

Jim was raised in Michigan till he was 14 when he moved with his parents to Melbourne, Florida. A few years after graduating high school he worked with his Dad and fondly looked back on those years where he learned so much about being a diligent and reliable employee. In 2003 he moved to the Asheville NC area, to the mountains he so loved and became a long term and highly valued employee of Millar Industries in Arden NC.

All that knew Jim can attest to his amazing sense of humor. He jokingly referred to himself as Moses as he led so many family members to “the promised land.” There are now over 24 family members in NC that either relocated to the state, were married into or were born into this family.

Jim took up Jeeping several years ago and joined more than one club and made many friends. He recounted every trail ride with such joy. One of his many funny FB posts stated, “I work hard so my Jeep can have a good life!”

Jim was a very caring and giving man while extremely humble. He followed the first great commandment. He loved the Lord God with all his heart, soul and mind as well as the second which is to love your neighbor as yourself. He was very charitable giving generously to a wide variety of causes including True Patriot Inc. which supports our fallen soldier’s families and injured soldiers. He said on more than one occasion should he ever win a big lottery he would purchase a ranch for soldiers to recover from PTSD.

Jim loved and was loved. He was fun and funny. He was proud of his 100% Finnish heritage from which he acquired SISU (“guts.”) The endless wonderful memories of Jim will be forever cherished till we meet again.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to True Patriot Inc. by CLICKING HERE.


Saturday, July 28, 2018
11:00 AM

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Mills River, NC 28759

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  • July 21, 2018
    Chris & Joyce Maggert says:
    To the family we are sorry for your loss, to us Jim was family, he was a great friend and fellow jeeper, we went on a lot of Jeep rides and adventures with him, whether it was working on his Jeep, our Jeep or a Jeep Trail or hanging out in the shop, that will never beforgotten. He always had answer to Jeep questions, gave lots of good advice and was fun to be around, he always had good things to say about everyone. ( sometimes there would be a comment over time he cb about a jack wagon doing something crazy in the interstate) lol always good times that will be missed but will never be forgotten. We are here if you need us for anything.

  • July 22, 2018
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  • July 24, 2018
    Nikki Laszlo says:
    Uncle Jim was always such a quiet, humble, but funny man. He was good to us kids when we spent time with him. I was often james’ shadow so to speak, so while we were kids uncle Jim would load us up in the Geo and take us some place fun or cool. One of my greatest memories was when he took us to jetty Park we watched jet ski races, bmx riders, dirt bikes and more! It was awesome! I am sad to say I had not spoke to him for a long time, but I think he was an awesome individual and an awesome father. I wish for peace for all who have to miss him and the memories that they still wished to share. Im thankful he found happiness, and hobbies that made him smile in the NC mountains. RIP uncle Jim. ❤️

  • July 24, 2018
    Jessy Castellano says:
    Our hearts and prayers are with your family Jim. Your presence will be missed by all who knew you. I’m sure there will be awesome wheeling waiting for you on the other side of the pearly gates. Rest Easy Pelto. -The Castellano Family