Cover photo for Dr. Walter L. Pelham's Obituary
Dr. Walter L. Pelham Profile Photo
1929 Dr. 2021

Dr. Walter L. Pelham

1929 — November 30, 2021

Dr. Walter L. Pelham, 92, of Delmar died Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Born in Tannersville, NY on November 27, 1929, he was the son of the late Walter and Myrtle (Hultz) Pelham.  Walter was a graduate of Union College, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.  He met his future wife, Jean A. Upton, RN, while they were both working at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  His military service in the Army would take them to various hospitals throughout the country, bringing their family along the way.  They would settle in Newark, NY, where Dr. Pelham was in private practice, and in 1970 move to Delmar.  He served as Deputy Commissioner of the Albany County Health Department prior to retirement.

Dr. Pelham was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Delmar, served in church leadership capacities and facilitated book discussion groups.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, walking in his neighborhood and the nearby woods.

Survivors include his daughters, Deborah Genoni (Raymond) of Oliver Springs, Tenn., Laurie Pelham of Albany, and Julie Pendleton of Chapel Hill, NC.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Jean A. (Upton) Pelham and a brother, Richard Pelham.

A funeral service will be held 10 am Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Ashland, NY.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Delmar.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Dr. Walter L. Pelham, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 0

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree