Searching for Anthony Nelke

Update, 2021
Anthony Nelke has been found. He started using the name Arthur Nyhoff in the early 1950s. He passed away in Chicago on 10 June 1970 and is buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery, River Grove, Cook County, Illinois.

Arthur Nyhoff Death Certificate Information from FamilySearch (Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998)

Arthur Nyhoff Cemetery Burial from FamilySearch (Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989)

Original Introduction
My grandfather, Anthony Nelke, left his family in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948, and traveled to East St. Louis, Illinois; Dubuque, Iowa; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Wichita, Kansas and Texas (not verified), before disappearing completely in the early to mid-1950s. If you have any information about him please contact me here

Listed below is basic identifying information for him. As he would be over 100-years-old today, he is assumed to be deceased. He is not listed in the Social Security Death Index. Numerous other death indexes and obituaries have been searched without success. These are listed on this webpage... Online Searchable Death Indexes

-Joe Beine, grandson of Anthony Nelke

Please Note: the landscape and marine artist, "A. Nelke," is unrelated. His first name was Alexander.

Anthony Aloysius Nelke

Sept. 28, 1903 in St. Louis, MO (went by the name Tony)

Celestia Anna [maiden name not included for privacy reasons] (1902-1987)
on April 20, 1927 in St. Louis, MO

parents (both died in St. Louis):
John Henry Nelke
Elisabeth [Oxmann] Nelke
note: Anthony Nelke's share of his mother's estate went unclaimed

Maria (1888-1986)
John (1890-1957)
Conrad (1891-1986)
Elizabeth (1894-1981)
Rose (1897-1926)
Regina (1899-1979)
Anna (1901-1988)
Edward (1906-1972)
George (1909-1994)

The Trail...
Anthony A. Nelke disappeared Jan 28, 1948 from St. Louis, MO
last place worked in St. Louis: White Rogers Electric on Cass Ave.
initially went to East St. Louis, IL
took his car with him:
1937 Ford Coach
engine #18-3537171
old title 820794
new title 873601
Lic #782993 (MO)
(Note: The Missouri Motor Vehicle Bureau does not maintain records prior to 1968.)

Listed in the 1948 Dubuque Iowa City Directory ("Nelke Anthony A inspr Deere's r Canfield Hotel")

Possibly went to Tulsa, OK in 1950:
worked at: Southern Hills Country Club
Tulsa Okla
61st & S. Lewis/Tulsa, OK 74136

Possibly went to Wichita, KS (date unknown)
worked for: Forum Concessions/Henry Hilger
227 S. Water
Wichita 2, Kans
(Forum Concessions is not listed in current Wichita phone book)

Possibly went to Texas (date unknown)