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PELLEY, Dean J. MD of Fripp Island, SC, formerly of Robinson, IL died Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:00 am in Evansville, IN. Dr. Pelley was born May 15, 1937 in Vancouver, WA, the son of the late James and Maurine Pelley. In 1983, he married the late Deanna Duxbury Butler. Also surviving are his children: daughter Jan Vere of Albuquerque, NM; daughter Julie Pelley of Phoenix, AZ; son Greg Pelley and wife Caroline of Wayne, PA; step-daughter Amy Butler Spurling and husband Tim of Evansville, IN; and step-son Chuck Butler and wife Leslie of Newburgh, IN; eight grandchildren: Ryan Vere, Chris Vere, Kara Vere, Sydney Pelley, Grace Pelley, Caleb Spurling, Jacob Spurling, and Hallie Dee Spurling; one great grandchild Bailey Vere; one sister, Joanne Means of Fairfax, VA and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his beloved wife, Dee, his parents, his daughter, Diane Pelley Schwartz and a brother-in-law, Larry Means. Dr. Pelley earned a B.S. degree from Miami of Ohio University 1958 and an M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1962 where he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He interned in Detroit at Wayne County General Hospital. Dr. Pelley was certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1971 and was re-certified every 6 years through 1997. In 1972, Dr. Pelley moved to Robinson, IL where he had a solo family practice until retiring in October 1999. In March of 2000, Dr. Pelley and his wife, Dee, were awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Robinson Area Chamber of Commerce. While in Robinson, he sang with the Lincoln Trail College choir as well as participating in the musical Fiddler on the Roof as the Fiddler in the 1980's. After retiring, Dr. Pelley and Dee moved to Fripp Island, SC. His love was traveling, and they were able to travel all over the world. He was active in the Carteret Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort, SC and the Fripp Island All Faiths Chapel where he sang in both choirs. He was a Stephen's Minister and a volunteer for Friends of Caroline Hospice, a member of the Sea Island Rescue program, and served as President of the Fripp Island Community Center Board. Dean was also active with the F.I. Friends of Music, Audubon Club and ROMEO's. After spending time in Florida and Ohio (where he was cared for by nephew Todd Dockum and wife Carol), he moved to Evansville in the summer of 2012 to be near his daughter Amy and family. A memorial service will be held in Robinson at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 17 at 3 pm followed by a reception. Internment at the Fripp Island Columbarium will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Robinson First United Methodist Church, Carteret Street United Methodist Church or the Fripp Island Community Center. Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel is handling the local arrangements. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.ziemerfuneralhome.com
Published in Journal-News on Nov. 16, 2012