In memory of
Roland Justin Petelka
In memory of
Roland Justin Petelka
Petelka, Roland Justin 8/21/1926 - 8/15/2020 Ypsilanti With deep grief and sadness, our family announces the loss of our patriarch, Roland "Rollie" Petelka on August 15, 2020. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 21, 1926, he was raised on a small family farm in Medina, Ohio. There he learned farming, frugality and the art of repairing and re-purposing. He could fix anything from a toaster to a carburetor. In 1945, Rollie enlisted in the Army and was assigned to General Patton's armored division as a tank driver. While there, he was stationed in Heidenheim, Germany as part of the occupation forces after WWII. Following his discharge and using his GI Bill, he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University. At OSU, the quiet, studious engineering student met and married the fiery, red-headed party girl, Martha Coombs. Shortly after graduation, Rollie accepted a job with the Hydra Matic division of General Motors in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is where they built a life together, raised four children and contributed to the community as members of the Ypsilanti Garden Club and supporters of the Humane Society of Huron Valley. With a calm, quiet nature and sly, dry wit, and always the gentleman, Rollie was foremost a family man. His wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends were the center of all he did. He leaves Martha, his wife of 71 years, his children Roland (Shannon Main), John and Chris (Michael Dearing) and his grandchildren Justin, Andrew, Leijah, Christen, Emma, Charlie and Leland behind to cherish his memory and pass on all he taught them about being good people. His parents, Frank and Stella, his younger brother, Elmer, his son, Frank, and granddaughter, Rubiah Rose-Louise preceded him. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his long and well lived life will be held at a later date. Until then, remember and honor Rollie by doing his favorite things - enjoy a piece of pie, savor a glass of wine, plant a tree, plan a vegetable garden, watch the Weather Channel, or play with your cat or dog. Above all, cherish your family and spend every moment you can together.
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In memory of
Roland Justin Petelka
Petelka, Roland Justin 8/21/1926 - 8/15/2020 Ypsilanti With deep grief and sadness, our family announces the loss of our patriarch, Roland "Rollie" Petelka on August 15, 2020. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 21, 1926, he was raised on a small family farm in Medina, Ohio. There he learned farming, frugality and the art of repairing and re-purposing. He could fix anything from a toaster to a carburetor. In 1945, Rollie enlisted in the Army and was assigned to General Patton's armored division as a tank driver. While there, he was stationed in Heidenheim, Germany as part of the occupation forces after WWII. Following his discharge and using his GI Bill, he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University. At OSU, the quiet, studious engineering student met and married the fiery, red-headed party girl, Martha Coombs. Shortly after graduation, Rollie accepted a job with the Hydra Matic division of General Motors in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is where they built a life together, raised four children and contributed to the community as members of the Ypsilanti Garden Club and supporters of the Humane Society of Huron Valley. With a calm, quiet nature and sly, dry wit, and always the gentleman, Rollie was foremost a family man. His wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends were the center of all he did. He leaves Martha, his wife of 71 years, his children Roland (Shannon Main), John and Chris (Michael Dearing) and his grandchildren Justin, Andrew, Leijah, Christen, Emma, Charlie and Leland behind to cherish his memory and pass on all he taught them about being good people. His parents, Frank and Stella, his younger brother, Elmer, his son, Frank, and granddaughter, Rubiah Rose-Louise preceded him. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his long and well lived life will be held at a later date. Until then, remember and honor Rollie by doing his favorite things - enjoy a piece of pie, savor a glass of wine, plant a tree, plan a vegetable garden, watch the Weather Channel, or play with your cat or dog. Above all, cherish your family and spend every moment you can together.
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