|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1925|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2009|
8 Dec 2009 St. Joseph News-Press:
James Bernard "Barney" Kelley, 84, St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Bernard was born on February 15, 1925, to Leona Ethel (Rall) and Orville Kelley in Agency, Mo. He graduated from Agency High School in 1942 and served in the United States Army. He attended basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington and was deployed with the Army Corps of Engineers Eager Beavers to Pusan, Korea. He served as a construction machine operator and earned the Army of Occupation-Japan Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Bernard returned home on leave to marry his high school sweetheart, Jean Pilgram, on September 17, 1946, at St. Joseph's Cathedral. Jean and Bernard recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. She survives of the home.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, Bernard managed cattle sales for various livestock commission firms at the St. Joseph Stockyards. He and his wife Jean later purchased Rush Livestock Commission Firm, which they owned and operated for more than 30 years. Then Bernard merged to form Missouri Kelley Livestock Company, from which he retired in 1997.
Bernard was a devoted husband and father and a devout Catholic. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish for more than 60 years; a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 5067; the Living Community Men's Breakfast Club; the American Legion; and was a founding member of the St. Francis Xavier Mr. & Mrs. Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and downhill skiing. He and his family enjoyed traveling and took annual treks to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the Lake of the Woods area, Ontario, Canada.
He will be remembered fondly by his family and many friends for his unselfish acts of kindness, his integrity in all matters, and his unfailing commitment to God and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lucille Johnson and Julia Miller; brothers, Howard Kelley and Lawrence Kelley; son, Michael Patrick; and daughter, Susan Kay.
Survivors in addition to his wife Jean include daughters, Jeanie Grahl and Dr. Molly A. Pierce; son, Christopher G. (Kelly) Kelley; granddaughters, Dr. Kelley (Scott) Meirose and Kealey Mathieson, all of St. Joseph; sister, Margaret (Bob) Goodlett of Redding, Calif.; and his beloved Australian Shepherd, Katie.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, St. Joseph. Visitation will begin after 9 a.m. Tuesday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel, where the family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with a Rosary at 7 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Orville Dayton Kelley (1878 - 1949)
Leona Ethel Rall Kelley (1891 - 1973)
Michael Patrick Kelley (1952 - 1952)*
Susan Kay Kelley (1955 - 1955)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 39.79664, -94.8341
Created by: Lesa Pfrommer
Record added: Jan 07, 2010
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