Arthur R. Pelkey, 90, of Rutland, died Thursday evening, Sept. 27, 2012, at Rutland Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.
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He was born in Northampton, Mass., Jan. 15, 1922, the son of George and Eva (Lampron) Pelkey. He was married to Jeanette (Esposito) Pelkey for 57 years. She predeceased him in 2004.
Art was a graduate of the Rutland High School class of 1940.
He volunteered to join the Navy in 1942 and was a veteran of World War II having served primarily in the Pacific theatre aboard the destroyer USS Thatcher. His squadron was nicknamed the Little Beavers. He enjoyed many Navy reunions with his shipmates and was proud to have attended the launching in 1989 of the USS Arleigh Burke, named after his destroyer commander.
He owned his own service station and continued to get pleasure from riding in a well-tuned car. He had worked for the Rutland Railway and still carried his railroad pass in his wallet. Arthur retired from General Electric Co.
He was a longtime member of the American Legion Post #31 of Rutland.
Surviving are his beloved daughter, Janice Jacobs and her husband William of Rutland, one grandson David Jacobs of Rutland, and his extended family.
There are no calling hours.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church in Rutland. Officiating will be Rev. Thomas Houle, pastor.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
A reception for family and friends will be held after the burial.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Castleton State College, c/o Alumni Office, 62 Alumni Dr., Castleton, VT 05735, in reference to the Jeanette Pelkey "Heart of Nursing" Memorial Award.
Published in Rutland Herald on Sept. 30, 2012