Pelkey, Frederick Jerome, Saginaw Township, Michigan

On a special, beautiful summer morning, Monday, June 13, 2011, the Lord came to take Fred home to be with the love of his life Shirley Ann who predeceased him in 2003. Fred was born May 2, 1925 to the late William J. Pelkey and Linda (Bender) Pelkey in Saginaw. His family later moved to Standish where he excelled in High School sports graduating in 1943. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy aviation in WWII, sustaining serious injuries during flight training. He returned to Saginaw for the rest of his life. He owned and operated Beach Spring Supply for 25 years. He was a member of St. Helens Catholic Church, National Rifle Association, American Legion Post 439, Saginaw Gun Club, and Saginaw Field and Stream. He was a lover of the outdoors, enjoying hunting and fishing. Fred was an avid reader of Civil War history and he was a knowledgeable collector of antique firearms. He married Shirley Ann McMall on July 28, 1961. Together they raised 6 wonderful children: Suzanne (Edward) Czymbor of Traverse City, Rosanna (Ronald) Priebe of Zeeland, Thomas F. (Elizabeth Cowdry) Pelkey of Alpena, Bruce M. Pelkey, Wallace J. Pelkey, and James J. Pelkey all of Saginaw; ten grandchildren, Holly (Hernandez) Schurg, Melissa Pelkey, Geoffrey and Christopher Pelkey, Meghan (Pelkey) Hales, Ryan F. DeLarme, Sean Priebe, Tory (Cogshell) Wilkins, and Kyleen Pelkey; six great-grandchildren; special friend Arlene Carney and her family; brother, William (JoAnne) McMall of Hemlock, and sister-in-law, Shirley McMall of Caseville; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, James McMall. The family would like to give a special thank you to Fred’s caregiver Rachel Anaya for her kindness, compassion, and love. The family would also like to thank the Supporting Partners in Grief Group at Covenant North as well as Jerry Bishop. The funeral liturgy will take place on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2445 N. Charles St. Rev. Emmett Marceau will officiate with entombment in St. Andrew Cemetery under the auspices of American Legion Post #439. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Directors, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 1:00 -9:00 p.m. Thursday where a parish vigil services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friends may then call at the Church from 10:00 a.m. Friday until the time of the funeral liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Helen Catholic Church.