Raymond Pelinka, 94, Owatonna
Raymond A. Pelinka, 94, of Owatonna, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.
He was born May 14, 1921, in Aurora Township, Steele County, the son of Joseph and Ida (Pfeifer) Pelinka. He attended country school in Aurora Township. Ray enlisted into the Army on April 29, 1946, and was stationed in Manilla until his honorable discharge on Sept. 9, 1947.
He returned home and married Lenora Sexter on Feb. 23, 1952, at St. John Lutheran Church. They resided and farmed in Meriden Township until 1980. Lenora passed away on April 10, 1979. Raymond moved to Aurora Township and continued to farm until the age of 91.
Raymond enjoyed tinkering with tractors, attending tractor pulls and Pioneer Power. He loved the land. He also enjoyed old time music and reading. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, life member of VFW, former member of Eagles and American Legion.
He is survived by his daughter JoAnn Pelinka of Maple Grove; son James (Mary Jo) Pelinka of Owatonna; special friend of many years Jan Hobgood of Owatonna; four honorary children Dale (Lynne) Hobgood of Owatonna, Diane (Steve) DeCoux of Owatonna, Danny (Tammy) Hobgood of Elk River and Donna (Mike) Brage of Prior Lake; three grandchildren Michael (Crystal) Pelinka of Owatonna, Kari Pelinka of Owatonna and Matthew (Leah) Pelinka Breit of Mankato; six honorary grandchildren Jennifer (Eric) Webster, Amanda Hobgood, Kristi (Nick) Blum and Kyle DeCoux all of Owatonna, Tyler Brage and Alex Brage of Prior Lake; four great-grandchildren Mason, Olivia, Madelyn and Brynn; three honorary great-grandchildren MaKayla, Abbie and Joe; sister Margie (John) Bechtel of Bloomington; and many extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lenora; sister Gertrude Pelinka; brother Frank Pelinka; and honorary grandson Joey Hobgood.
Visitation was at Michaelson Funeral Home on Nov. 13, 2015. Funeral services were held Nov. 14, 2015, at St. John Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Owatonna with full military honors conducted by the Steele County Military Funeral Unit. Memorials are preferred to Homestead Hospice House Patient Care Fund, Alzheimer’s Association or donor’s choice.