Robert Pelaez, 90, of Moundsville, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Shadyside Care Center.
He was born November 10, 1925 a son of the late Raphael and Rose (Perez) Pelaez. Robert was a US WWII Army Veteran, a member of Cameron Baptist Church, and the American Legion Post #3. Robert was a 1944 Graduate of Moundsville High School where he played basketball and earned First Team All-State honors. After high school he was drafted to the Army Infantry and went to Europe where he fought in The Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Robert went to Texas and served the remainder of time until he was honorably discharged.
Upon returning to WV, Robert attended Alderson Broaddus University where he played basketball, and was inducted into the WV Conference Hall of Fame in 1993, with both of his older brothers, Floats and Joe. Later he moved on to play for the Wheeling Blues, semipro basketball team. Robert moved onto working at Allied Chemical, as a security guard for 33 years. An avid sports enthusiast he loved to watch college basketball and his grandchildren play sports.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife, Billie Joyce (Williamson) Pelaez (2003); three brothers, Floats, Manual and Joe Pelaez; and three sisters, Louise Taylor, Angeline Zink and Mary Johns.
Robert is survived by his two children, Scott (Sallie) Pelaez of Baytown, TX and Suellen (Matt) Simonton of Moundsville; three grandchildren, Lacy and Chase Pelaez and Andrew Robert Simonton and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received Friday. August 12, 2016, from 12-2 & 6-8 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, where funeral services will be held Saturday, August 13 at 2 pm. Interment will be held at Mt. Rose Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation or to the Marshall County Animal Shelter in C/O www.tmcfunding.com.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.