Loren L. Kelley Sr., age 90, of Hernando, Fla., went home to be with our Lord and Savior on November 29, 2010, under the loving care of family, friends and Citrus County Hospice at Citrus Memorial hospital. He was born to Dennis A. and Anna I. Kelley on September 14, 1920, in Leonard, Mich. He was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather and friend to many throughout his entire life. He was involved in the lives of all those he loved, and had wisdom and compassion beyond our understanding.
He moved to Fla. in 1992 and summered in Evart, Mich. He moved to Florida permanently in 1997. He was a member of the Inverness Church of God. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army 33rd Battalion, for which he received the Purple Heart. While his children were in school, he served as the president of the Parent-Teacher Association. He was also scout master of his sons' Boy Scout troop. He retired from General Motors in 1975 after working 35 years. He worked in Plants 14 and 15, Dept. 49, in Pontiac Motors, Pontiac, Mich., as a gas-electric truck repairman. He was still an active member in the UAW.
He is survived by his wife, Kaye F. Parra-Kelley, of Hernando, FL. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Sophie E. Kelley. He is also survived by his sons, Robert C. (Bonnie) Kelley of AuGres, Mich., Dennis L. (Sharon) Kelley of Clinton Township, Mich, and Loren L. (Elaine) Kelley Jr. of Pontiac, Mich.; stepson, Kenneth R. Thieme of Defiance, Ohio; daughters, Earline M. Burt of Waterford, Mich., and Darlene D. Parker of Citrus Springs, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Phyllis (Donald) Amari of Inverness, Fla., Wanda Sires of Hernando, Fla., and Peggy (Harold) Lykins of Inverness, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of his life with family and friends at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464. www.hospiceofcitruscounty.org
, or Citrus Memorial Hospital of Inverness, FL. Sentiments may be left online at www.hiers-baxley.com.
Arrangements entrusted with Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services (352) 245-2424.
Published by Citrus County Chronicle from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2010.