Robert Anthony Pelky

11 August 1930–2 February 1996 (Age 65)
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

The Life of Robert Anthony

When Robert Anthony Pelky was born on 11 August 1930, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, his father, Anthony Pelky, was 22 and his mother, Lucille Dudek, was 19. He married Joan Shirley Oshinsky on 9 May 1959, in Utica, Macomb, Michigan, United States. He lived in Detroit Ward 13, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died on 2 February 1996, in Shelby, Macomb, Michigan, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb, Michigan Territory, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Anthony Pelky
Joan Shirley Oshinsky
Marriage: 9 May 1959

Spouse and Children

9 May 1959
Utica, Macomb, Michigan, United States

Parents and Siblings





    Richard Pelky


    Eugene Pelky


World Events (8)


Age 1

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1943 · The Detroit Race Riots

Age 13

The 1943 Detroit Race Riot started on the evening of June 20 and lasted through June 22. It occurred in a period of dramatic social tensions associated with the military buildup of World War II, as Detroit's automotive industry was converted to the war effort. What fueled the fire the most was the arrival of nearly 400,000 migrants, both African-American and White Southerners, and the competition for space and jobs. It was suppressed after 6,000 federal troops were ordered into the city to restore peace. A total of 34 people were killed, 25 of them African-Americans and most at the hands of white police or National Guardsmen; 433 were wounded, 75 percent of them African-American.
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 18

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

1 Americanized form of Polish or Jewish Pelka .2 Altered form of French Pelletier ; these are frequent in VT.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Robert Pelky in household of Anthony Pelky, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Robert Anthony Pelky, "Michigan Death Index, 1971-1996"
  • Robert A Pelky, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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