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Marlin "Santa" Joseph Pelkey
November 2, 1951 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Marlin Joseph Pelkey, 72, of Willmar, died Sunday, January 21st at his home. His memorial service will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, January 26th at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to his service. www.hafh.org
Marlin Joseph Pelkey was born November 2, 1951, to Archie and Mildred Pelkey in Paynesville. He attended school in New London. After his schooling he helping on farms and also helped cut down trees. Marlin moved to Bird Island where he started working as a garbage truck driver. Marlin married Yvonne Wrobleski in Milbank, SD, and they made their home in Willmar. To this union two children were born: Jessica and Daniel. They later divorced. Marlin started working as an over the road truck driver which he continued to do for many years. He enjoyed driving around the country, especially Chicago. He loved it when his family would join him on the road. Marlin enjoyed fishing, camping in his motorhome, going to the casino and spending time with his family.
Marlin is survived by his children: Jessica Wrobleski and Daniel (fiancé, Shyan Mclaughlin) Pelkey, both of Raymond; and grandson, Kegan Ward; siblings: Sharon Katka of Belgrade, Richard (Rosie) Cloakey of Staples, and Joe (Mary) Pelkey of Willmar and Linda Schaufer of Faribault; and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-son, Matthew Wrobleski and nephew, Warren Pelkey.