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William ‘Bill’ Pelkey, 45

William “Bill” Allen Pelkey, age 45, of Prior Lake, formerly of Maple Plain, passed away suddenly Sunday, July 4, 2010.

Bill was born March 24, 1965, in Minneapolis, the oldest son of Durward and Gladys (Ahlstrom) Pelkey.

Growing up with his sister and brother in Maple Plain, Bill’s family always had pets; from dogs, to cats, and even squirrels. As a family, they loved to go camping at the Platte River in Rice.

Bill attended Delano High School, where he was very active as a student. He enjoyed playing football, basketball, baseball, and track.

Having a love for music, Bill sang in the school choir, and graduated in 1983.

After high school, Bill learned the many different facets of construction, and built homes, pole barns, and even an airplane hangar in Florida for Mark Martin, a NASCAR driver.

His love for animals, music, racing, and sports continued throughout his life.

Bill loved to sing karaoke and play his guitar, and he even taught others to play.

His love for car racing ran deep, and he was a spectator at every racetrack in Minnesota and surrounding states, and even raced hobby stock at Raceway Park one year. Meeting many of the NASCAR drivers throughout his adventures, Bill’s favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Bill also enjoyed playing and mastering many video games and watching all kinds of sports. He loved to attend Twins games, and the children’s school and sporting events.

He worked for Mystic Lake Casino for about four years

Bill exchanged wedding vows with Therese “”Terri” Fouquette Aug. 28, 2006, at the Church of the Nazarene in White Bear Lake. Together, they enjoyed singing, sitting under the stars, and listening to the local scanner.

He is loved and will be deeply missed by his wife, Therese “Terri;” children Elizabeth, Catherine and James Cates; parents Durward and Gladys Pelkey of Delano; sister Pamela (Joel) Schroeder of St. Louis Park; brother Thomas (Cheryl) Pelkey of Delano; and many other family members and friends.

A Celebration of Life service took place Friday, July 9 at 5 p.m., with visitation two hours prior to the service, all at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Prior Lake. Pastor Per Nilsen officiated.

Arrangements were with Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home, Prior Lake Chapel; www.ballardsunderfuneral.com