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Robert E. Pelke

Robert E. Pelke

Robert E. Pelke, age 85 of Durand, died Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home with his loving family by his side. 

Bob was born May 12, 1937, in Plum City. He was the son of Oscar and Lucy (Schlosser) Pelke and grew up in the Exile area. Bob graduated from Elmwood High School in 1955. He met his future wife, Audrey Anibas, roller skating at the Arkansaw Rec Hall and they were married on February 4, 1961. After marriage, they moved to the Madison area and Bob worked road construction for several years. They later returned to the Durand area where Bob drove truck for Bill's Distributing. Over the years, he had many other side endeavors, including operating his own trucking company. In 1971, Bob purchased a farm in the Township of Dunn, rural Eau Galle, and farmed for twenty years. In 1991, they moved to the Town of Waubeek, where he remained for the rest of his life.  

Bob was a multi-talented handyman. He could fix and make just about anything, and could often be found working on one of his many projects in his shop. Bob enjoyed traveling, but particularly enjoyed driving through the local area and looking at the surrounding farms. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and always had a cold beer and a story to share with them, especially stories about farming.  

Bob is survived by his wife, Audrey; daughter, Becky (Doug) Smith of Durand; two sons, RP (Gina) of Arkansaw and Tony (Heidi) of Menomonie; nine grandchildren: Kylee (Lane) Johnson, Aaron (Courtney) Smith; Andy, Lindsey, Bethany, and Emily Pelke; Anthony (Andi), Lex (Fiance, Mackenzie), and Evan Pelke; three great-grandchildren: Sadie, Cole, and Jolie; three sisters: Lucille Mickelson, Mary (Jim) Wayne, and Irene (Jim) Konsela; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  

He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Virginia Gilles, Catherine Zeh, Evelyn Coleman, Elaine Traun, and Joan Pelke in infancy. 

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 7, 2023, at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Eau Galle with Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Friday, January 6, at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. 



  1. Maralyn & LaVere Anderson

    So very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Kay & Denny Longsdorf

    Audrey and family, we are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you all. Kay and Denny L

  3. Irene Wilson

    Thinking of you at this difficult time. My prayers are
    With you and your family.

    Irene Wilson

  4. Kim and Lynette Wagenbach

    Our sympathy and prayers to you all. May Bob rest in peace.

  5. Joe and Jan Drier

    Sending Our Deepest Sympathy to Audrey and all the family!!

  6. Randy & Nancy Weber

    Our condolences to Audrey, Becky, RP, Tony and the entire Pelke Family.
    I think Bob was a farmer at heart. He was always the first one out sowing oats in the spring and got all the neighbors hustling to the fields as soon as he dropped that first plow. He will be missed.

  7. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. Dave and Shari Biskey

    Audrey and family: sending our sympathy and prayers at this difficult and sad time.

  9. Duane & Tammy Sinz

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  10. Ron & Patti Webb

    Sorry for your loss! Bob will be truly missed. Your family will be in our prayers!
    Ron & Patti Webb

  11. Carol Pickerign

    So sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. Sending our love and prayers

  12. Jim Henry

    So sorry for you loss. Barb & I send our sincere condolences.

  13. Al and Pat Baier

    So very sorry to hear about your loss. Your family will be in our prayers.

  14. Marcella Biles

    sorry for your loss .. prayers to the family

  15. Marcella Biles

    sorry for your loss .. prayers to the family

  16. Margaret(midge) Steller

    My thoughts and prayers are with u and your family at this sad time. Take care.

  17. Steve schultz

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Robert will be missed.

  18. Jeff and Melissa Dunbar

    Our deepest sympathy to your family.

  19. Donna Karshbaum

    We are so Sorry for Your Loss, God Bless The Family ????????????

  20. Kim & Keith Jacks

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Pelke family. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  21. Jean Gardner

    Sorry for your loss and condolences to family and friends. May he RIPkkrboftfu

  22. James & Denise Penney

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Peace be with the Pelke family.

  23. Judy and John Parr

    Our heart felt sympathy to all

  24. Darlene huppert

    Sorry for your loss, he was a wonderful man

  25. Anita Haskins

    Our condolences to the family ????????

    Bruce and Anita Haskins

  26. Curtis Weber

    Always a joy to visit with and good advice and messages coming right after a raised right eye brow. We would listen because we knew that Bob knew what he was doing, making one good decision after another.
    Curt and Jenny Weber

  27. Gloria A Struck

    So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was Mary's good looking Big Brother and liked to tease alot.
    Gloria (Stuart) Struck

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