Daniel E. Phelka

Passed: February 02, 2024

Obituary

Daniel “Dan” E. Phelka of Goodyear, Arizona passed away February 2, 2024 at the age of 79. He was born April 10, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Edward W. and Elsie K. Phelka. He is survived by his wife of 55 years: Kathleen Phelka, sons Edward (Amanda) Phelka and Andrew (Gillian) Phelka, and four grandchildren: Daniel John, Katherine, Annika (Sean) Udrys, and Nora Udrys.

Dan grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Denby High School and went on to graduate from GMI (now Kettering) & University of Michigan.

Dan was a loving husband and father whose proudest accomplishment was his family. He married the love of his life on May 24, 1968 and together they raised their sons. He was known for telling jokes, playing in the Pebblecreek softball league, and helping others through the Pebblecreek computer club. He enjoyed listening to classical music and had an amazing memory for music facts, dates, and names. He also managed to visit all fifty states, went on several cruises, and explored many other countries. He made friends wherever he went.

Dan’s passing has left a wound on many hearts. His thoughtful nature and gentle touch will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

There will be a memorial service to be announced at a later date.

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5 responses to Daniel E. Phelka

  1. So sorry to hear about Dan. I was a softball buddy of Dan’s. As good as Dan was at softball, he was an even better person. Dan, you will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

  2. The DAWGS Senior Softball sends their deepest condolences to Kathy, & Dan’s family. We absolutely loved having him on our team the last couple years. He was inspiring and just a wonderful man. God bless.

  3. Dan had a heart of gold and a pitching arm of steel. We will miss his loss in our life and will never forget him.

  4. Joe Hopkins says:

    So sad to learn of Dan’s passing. My connection with him was via the PebbleCreek Computer Club of which he was the president and driving force for years. He knew just about everything there was to know about computers and was eager to share his knowledge with club members and visit them at their homes to solve problems. And he had a wonderful warm personality and a great sense of humor as well. To say he will be missed in Goodyear would be a gross understatement. RIP, Dan.

  5. Nadine Eder says:

    Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about Dan. He was kind and smart, and so very nice and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

    Nadine

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