Lyman E. Pelkey

Lyman E. Pelkey

Thursday, November 25th, 1937 - Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
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Obituary

Lyman Edward Pelkey, of Perkasie, passed away from vascular dementia on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Manor Care Health Services, Montgomeryville. He was 81.

He was the beloved husband of Alta Jean (Foss) Pelkey for 50 years.

Born in Malone, NY, he was the son of the late Stanley C. and Lyma May (Strong) Pelkey. He was a graduate of Massena High School. As a teenager, he also studied organ for a year at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY.

Lyman earned his B. A. and M.S. from Syracuse University. After a 31-year teaching career with the Syracuse City School District, he earned his M. Div. at Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 2000.

He became a licensed local pastor and served United Methodist churches in the Living Waters Parish and St. Johnsville in the Upper New York Conference. Lyman had also begun serving as a church organist by the age of 15.

After relocating from New York, he was a member of St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie.

Mr. Pelkey was also a member of the American Guild of Organists, the New York State Grange, the New York State Retired Teachers Association, and the Onondaga County Retired Teachers Association.

Lyman will be remembered for his passionate love for the pipe organ and, especially, as a devoted husband, father, family member, teacher, and friend.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children, Tana (Craig) Pelkey-Landes, of Perkasie, Stanley (Heidi) Pelkey, of Lexington, KY; four adult grandchildren, Elena, Nathan, Madison, and Corina; a sister, Fortana Walsh, of Canton, NY; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, LTC Dwight F. Pelkey.

His funeral service will be held at 12 p. m., Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 20 Dill Avenue, Perkasie, PA 18944, where a visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of service.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 20, in Pine Plains Cemetery, 8686 Henry Clay Boulevard, Clay, NY 13041.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Campaign Fund, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at the address above or to the United Methodist Church, c/o Sally Knapp, 225 Madison Lane, Hamilton, NY 13346 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Address
    20 Dill Avenue
    PERKASIE, PA 18944
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 | 12:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Address
    20 Dill Avenue
    PERKASIE, PA 18944
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    The Rev. Dr. Philip Krey
  • Interment

    Location
    Pine Plains Cemetery
    Address
    8686 Henry Clay Boulevard
    CLAY, NY 13041
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Affiliations

  • American Guild of Organists
  • Lutheran Seal
  • Syracuse University
  • United Methodist Church

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Cherie Tuxill

Posted at 07:37am
God Bless your journey Home Lyman...God Bless your loving care Jean!
I can feel the joy, walking into Ronnie's Adult Bible Study gatherings, and seeing Jean and Lyman's cheery smiles, and hearing your warm "Welcome!" It was wonderful 'exploring' together.
Thank you for sharing your love with so many...the good Lord is smiling on you Jean, feel His Love, and know my love is with you too, Cherie
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Betsye

Posted at 11:01am
Jean
You have been a tower of strength throughout the years
As Lyman taught,played and preached, you were the encourager
Thank you
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Donald and Cheryl Varn

Posted at 11:05am
Jean and family,
We were so disheartened to read in today’s paper the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. Teaching with Lyman for so many years, I was always impressed with his demeanor, patience, care, and faith. He was a good friend and I’m sorry we lost contact with each other after his retirement. Looking at the pictures of him on the funeral home website, I can tell he at least had many happy retirement years. May he Rest In Peace.
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Pete Woeger

Posted at 10:52pm
So sorry to hear of Mr. Pelkey's passing, he was an excellent teacher who was very patient and helpful to me.
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