Age 86, passed away in Santa Rosa on July 8, 2013. He was born in Strawn, Texas on September 26, 1926, a son of John and Agnes (Holmes) Kelley. He is survived by his wife Ila; children, Paul (Cynthia) Kelley, Patricia (David) Wesley, Debbie Gunn, Jeri (Douglas) Kirk, Kathleen Kelley, and Ila (Forrest) Halstead; and many grandchildren and great grand-children. He was preceded in death by his sister, Loretta Pratt. John served his country in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. After his military service, John attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He was a Deputy Coroner in Lake County, and a funeral director and embalmer in Sonoma County for many years. John then went on to work as a Stock Broker for another 40 years. He and Ila have resided in Monte Rio for over 35 years. John was a past president and Deputy District Director (66'-67') in the Santa Rosa Lions Club. He enjoyed traveling, good food and golfing. A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa. Private inurnment. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services 707-525-3730
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Published in the Press Democrat from July 16 to July 18, 2013