Karl William Peltz

January 26, 1921 ~ January 1, 2019 (age 97)


Karl William Peltz, a former local dairy farmer and 30-year resident of Stanislaus County, passed away on January 1, 2019, at the age of 97. 

Karl is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and four daughters:  Sandra (Brice) Ringsby, Janell (Mark) Doornenbal, Annette (Matt) Coury, and Teri (Tom) Thorson all of Modesto, his six grandchildren; Ryan and Kayla Thorson; Nathan, Jason, Krista Doornenbal;   Wyatt Coury; and three great-grandchildren. 

Karl was born in Watertown, Minnesota, on January 26, 1921, to John and Louise Peltz.  He was one of 10 children growing up on a dairy farm.  As a boy he loved hunting and fishing.  He served in the Navy during World War II achieving the rank of chief petty officer.  After the war, he graduated from the University of Southern California.  He played in the Rose Bowl as a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band.  On October 7, 1950, he married Jacqueline Wolfe, who worked at the USC Student Union.  For the first years of marriage, Karl worked at Northrup Aircraft until a move to Modesto to start a dairy farm which he operated for 30 years.  Karl and Jacqueline later retired and lived in Aptos, California, from 1986-2018.  During their retirement, they traveled all over the world.   Karl was keenly interested in aviation, avidly played tennis, enjoyed Tai Chi, and hiking along the beach.  Recently, Karl and Jacqueline moved back to Modesto to be close to family.

A burial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on January 11, at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, 32053 McCabe Road, Santa Nella, California.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Christian Berets, 1317 Oakdale Road, Modesto, CA 95355 ( 

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Graveside Service
January 11, 2019

10:30 AM
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery
32053 West McCabe Road
Santa Nella, CA 95322

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