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Pete Caron

Pete Caron

April 30, 1926-March 1, 2014

Former Detroit Lakes resident LeRoy "Pete" Caron, 87, of Perham, died Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Mesa, Ariz.

The mass of Christian burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham, with Father Matt Kuhn officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the mass at the church.

An ice cream social celebrating Pete's life will follow the mass at the Perham Center for the Arts Building (the former St. Stanislaus Church).

LeRoy Caron, better known as "Pete," was born to Levi and Blanche (Gregoire) Caron on April 30, 1926 in Green Valley, Minn. He spent his youth in the Green Valley-Marshall area, growing up on the family farm and eventually working on the farm.

Following graduation from high school, Pete earned a degree in animal husbandry from the University of Minnesota in 1957. He returned to the Marshall area, where he met Judith Arneson. They were united in marriage in Marshall in 1960.

Pete and Judy welcomed four children, Jeffrey (Candy) Caron of Pace, Fla., Cimberly (Randy) Melbye of Dent, Leonard (Joann Boston) of Denver, Colo., and Leslie (Tom) Reich of Oakdale, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Jenna Handloff, Trent Melbye, Tyler Melbye, Hannah Reich, Megan Reich, Sarah Caron and Joshua Caron; and five great grandchildren, Eli Melbye, Isaac Melbye, Reznor Handloff. He is also survived by a sister, Yvonne (Richard) Tillmans in Texas and brother, Harold "Butch" (Kay) Caron of Edina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Pete spent many years in the agriculture industry working for GTA Feeds, which eventually became Harvest States Co-op. After many moves with the company, they eventually landed in Detroit Lakes, where they stayed until Pete's retirement in 1988.

Pete and Judy served with the Peace Corps in Honduras, 1988-89. They moved to Devil's Lake near Perham in 1991, and spent the next 18 winters in Las Vegas, Nev., where they worked as security guards, and spent their summers at Devil's Lake.

In 2005, they retired from their security guard positions and began spending their winters in Mesa. Pete served on the board of the Pelican River Watershed District and, for 20 years, operated the weed harvester on area lakes.

David-Donehower Funeral Home ( is serving the family.