Joe “Joseph” R. Pelant, 75

Joe “Joseph” R. Pelant, 75, of Le Center, passed away at St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee on Friday, July 16, 2021. Celebration of Life will be held August 1 at Lakefront Bar and Grill in Le Center from 1 to 4 p.m.

Joe was born on March 19, 1946, in New Prague to Elsie (Kukacka) and Joseph F. Pelant. He graduated from Montgomery-Lonsdale High School and Willmar Jr. College in Wilmar, MN.

Joe was united in marriage to Barbara Springer on November 30, 1984, at their family farm. Joe returned to Montgomery and worked for High-way Motors in Montgomery. He then worked for the Montgomery Police Department for 32 years from 1968 to 2000, with the last six years as Chief of Police. Joe was a also full-time farmer. 

Joe enjoyed tractor pulling, spending summers at Lexington Clear Lake, and winters in Yuma, Arizona.

Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Larry J. Pelant of Le Center, Leanne (Scott) Taft of Brooklyn Center; step-son, Todd A. (Stephanie) White of Puyallup, Washington; step-daughter, Tara (Corey) White-Kulseth of Minnetonka; grandson, Kyle; and step-grandchildren, Macayla, Cora, and Jacob.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery. 507-357-6116.

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