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Earl Jelke age 71 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 12, 2024. 

He is survived by his wife Linda McWilliams-Jelke of Coatesville. 

Born in Coatesville on March 12, 1953 Earl was the son of the late Charles G. Jelke Sr. and Ellen D. Wall.

Earl grew up in West Caln Township and graduated from Coatesville Area High school class of 1971.  In his younger years he spent a lot of time being a volunteer fireman for Wagontown Fire Co.  He was a foreman for Bishop Tube, Frazer, PA for 19 years.  Then life took him in the direction to start working with his brothers at Jelkes Fabrication in Honey Brook PA for 27 years until he finally retired in June 2018.

On the Weekends he enjoyed making dinners and spending time with his family.  He was always ready to smoke brisket, fry some chicken, and make his homemade French fries.  He really enjoyed having friends and family over and enjoyed his downtime watching his westerns, with a cold beer in his hand.

He fought hard during his battle with cancer.  He never let it stop him from doing what he loved like mowing the yard to plowing the snow.  He never missed an important appointment and always made sure his wife, Linda, got to all of hers.  He always had a positive outlook for everything, and never once complained about anything.  If you asked him for something he was always there to help.  He never left anyone in need, and didn’t ask for anything in return…well maybe a case of beer.  This man will truly be missed by many, and the world is a sadder place without him in it.

In addition to his wife, Earl is survived by his son Earl Jelke Jr of West Chester, daughter Victoria Jelke-Martin of Coatesville, sister Charlene Jelke-Shank (Fred) of Seaford DE, brothers Charles (Susan) Jelke of Coatesville, Norman (Rose) Jelke of Honey Brook, sister Barbara (Gerry) Jelke of West Chester, a grandson Sean Martin of Winter Springs FL.

A time of visitation with the family will be held on Saturday June 8th, 2024 from 11:00 AM till 12:00 NOON at the Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home 339 W. Kings Hwy Coatesville, PA.  

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Penn Medicine Hospice or Penn Medicine Cancer Center  at the following site.    

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