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James Herbert Kelley


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James Herbert Kelley

AGE: 80 • Chestertown, MD

James Herbert Kelley of Chestertown, MD passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at his home. He was 80. Born on October 20, 1935 in Chester, PA, he was the son of Edwin Levin and Hopeful Sloan MacHenry Kelley. He graduated from Media High School, class of 1953. Mr. Kelley was married to Lynn Davis for seven years. He later re-married to Arlene Claire Roseman and they became a blended family of five. Jim started his career in the oil and gas industry with Getty Oil in 1957 and retired in 1994 as a Lab Technician, after 37 years. He loved his work and co-workers. Mr. Kelley and his family resided in Newark, DE for 27 years. They purchased a house in Chestertown, MD, in 1988, where they moved to permanently in 1992. Jim enjoyed fishing, crabbing and traveling, but he was always the happiest when he was in his garden. He was a 40 year member of Hiram Lodge #25 A.F.A.M. in Newark, DE and gave instruction to many candidates. He also volunteered with Eastern Neck Island, building bird houses.

In addition to his wife of 51 years, Arlene Kelley, he is survived by his children: Gail Prange (Tim) of Wilmington DE, Bernice "Bunny" Butera (Bill) of Titusville, FL, Michael Kelley (Dawn) of Cocoa Beach, FL and Kathleen Kelley (Dan) of Wilmington, DE; a brother, Norman Kelley of Linwood, PA; a sister, Betty Hodgson of Media, PA; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by seven siblings and also a son, Steven Kelley in 1983.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on August 11, 2016 at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., 130 Speer Rd., Chestertown, MD, where a reception will follow in the Dogwood Reception Center.

For online condolences, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.
Published in The News Journal from July 22 to July 24, 2016
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