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William N. Kelley

Kelley, William N. long time resident of New Haven, Missouri, a Kellwood Co. executive and area banker, passed away in his home after a long illness on December 17, 2012. He was 94. Born in St. Louis on November 27, 1918 to George L. and Martha Warren Kelley, he was raised in Webster Groves and attended Webster Groves High School. In 1940, he graduated from Princeton University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and in 1942 married Mary Helen Ramsay, also of Webster Groves. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past June. Following college, he joined Monsanto and later Wenzel Tent and Duck Co., in St. Louis. In 1951, he moved to New Haven to establish Hawthorn Finishing Co. for Wenzel. In 1961, Hawthorn and 15 companies joined to become Kellwood Co., a major manufacturer of apparel and recreational products. He served as President, Recreation Products Div., and Executive V.P. of Kellwood until 1982. He was also a Director of Citizens Bank in New Haven, which developed branches in Gerald, Pacific, Washington and Marthasville. He was Board Chairman from 1979 to 1995, and was still Director Emeritus at the time of his death. He had also served as President of the St. Louis Audubon Society, District Board Chairman for the Boy Scouts, President of the New Haven School Board, President of Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Director for the Hillary Foundation, and Class Officer for Princeton University, Class of 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Warren and sister Nancy Wilson. He is survived by his wife Mary of New Haven, son William N. Kelley, Jr. and partner Debra Runyan of Washougal, Washington; son Timothy R. Kelley and wife Marian of New Haven; grandson, William N. Kelley, III and wife Ungee and granddaughter, Emily L. Kelley, all of Fort Collins, Colorado, plus three great-grandsons; Alexander Kelley of Fort McChord, Washington, Timothy Kelley, St. Lawrence University, New York state and Robinson Kelley of Fort Collins, Colorado, and many nieces and nephews. Services: A Memorial visitation is planned for January 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home in New Haven, MO with a private memorial service on January 5th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the New Haven School Foundation C/o Toedtmann & Grosse, 1053 Hwy C, New Haven, MO 63068.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 28, 2012
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