Nestor V. Peles, 89, of Glen Campbell, PA died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at AristaCare at Hillsdale Park in Hillsdale, PA.
The son of Joseph Odary and Helen Rose (Revak) Peles, he was born on March 15, 1928 in Glen Campbell, PA.
Nestor attended Rock Run Elementary and graduated from Montgomery Twp. High School. In his younger years, he sparred in amateur boxing matches.
Nestor loved auto racing. One of the highlights of his career as a driver was participating in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1978-1981. He was proud to be a part of a successful team effort working with his son Steve in winning many races and championships from 1978-1994. He derived great pleasure from working on the mechanics of race cars. Locally he liked following dirt track racing.
Outdoors he could be found driving his tractor. Nestor was especially fond of brush-hogging. One of his favorite hobbies was restoring antique radios. He greatly enjoyed country music; polkas and faithfully watching RFD tv and Molly B.
Nestor was a member of the S.S. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Punxsutawney, PA.
He had served as Deputy Sheriff of Glen Campbell, PA and was a member of the Glen Campbell Fire Company.
All of Nestor's working career was dedicated to companies affiliated with surface and deep coal mining operations primarily based in the Glen Campbell area.
Nestor married his wife, Florence "Floie" M. (Lokey) Peles, on July 16, 1949. They shared almost sixty-six years together until her death on February 3, 2015.
He is survived by his three children: Deborah Rend and husband Nicholas of Indiana, PA; Linda Kohut and husband George of Egg Harbor Twp., NJ and Steve Peles and wife Beth of Glen Campbell, PA; nine grandchildren: Jennifer Rauss; Nicholas M. Rend; Mark Rend and wife Lisa; Matthew Rend; Lisa Griesbach and husband Joe; Michael Kohut; Stacie Peles; Stephanie Peles and Brittany Borlie and husband Joey; eight great grandchildren; Lillian Rauss; Mitchell, Max and Madison Rend; Ryan Griesbach; Kameron and Millie Kohut and Lynnlee Borlie and his brother, Joseph J. Peles of Indiana, PA.
Nestor was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and his three sisters: Lillian Katchmer; Elaine McMullen and Patricia "Honey" Buterbaugh.
Family and friends will be received from 2-4:00 and 7-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd., 18944 Rte. 286 Hwy E. in Hillsdale, PA, where an 11:00 a.m. funeral service will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 with Father William Lascelles as the officiant. Interment will follow at the Peles Cemetery in Glen Campbell, PA.
Published on March 20, 2017