Howard Kelley

    Howard Kelley, 1924-2020. We lost another war veteran. He served in the Aleutian Islands for two years on a secret base where the planes landed, refueled, and took off to battle. His job was being the mailman. He was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Lansing, MI, and passed away June 18, 2020, at Rose Arbor, Kalamazoo, at the age of 96.
    He was the oldest child of Iva Cullimore and Ralph Kelley, leaving one sister, Betty Donaldson.
    Howard attended a little country school called Coup School, which still stands, but is in poor condition.
    He was married to Norma Davis for 49 years, before she passed away. He later met and married Mildred Farrow and enjoyed almost 15 more years of married life.
    He enjoyed many winters in Bradenton, FL. Howard lived most of his life in Fowlerville, MI,  before moving to Paw Paw in 2009, where he met and enjoyed new friends from the senior center.
    Howard worked at Consumers as a meter reader and stockman for 36 years, before retiring. He loved golfing, playing cards with his card buddies, watching baseball (he enjoyed playing ball in younger days), basketball, bowling, and watching old movies on TV.
    In addition to his first wife, Norma, Howard was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer; and his parents, Iva Thomas and Ralph Kelley.
    He is survived by his sons, Howard Kelley, Jr. and Mike Kelley;  sister, Betty Donaldson; three grandsons, James (Tammy) Kelley, Matt (Brandy) Kelley, Chris (Jenny) Kelley; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two step-daughters, Terri Farrow and Sheri Stimac; one step-son, Larry Farrow; seven step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-granddaughter.
    Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at  Saint John Lutheran Church, 132 S. Benjamin St., Fowlerville, MI. Military honors will be presented with a luncheon to follow at the Fowlerville VFW.
    Arrangements by Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw. Share a memory on the tribute wall at:


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