Son of John Logan Kelley and Florence Alena Harper. Married to Josephine Cloe Foster Sept. 20, 1926 in Salmon, Lemhi Co., Colorado. Children Margueritte Josephine C. Kelley and Henry James Williard Edmond Kelley.
River Claims James H. Kelley
Bonneville County Sheriff's Office and Idaho Falls police spent a fruitless day Sunday and Monday afternoon dragging the Snake River for the body of James H. (Pete) Kelley, 52, who drowned Sunday while attempting to swim the turbulent stream.
Mr. Kelley, who resided alone north of the city, had been employed in the past by the City Sanitation Department but recently was engaged in hauling iron.
Reports indicated the Idaho Falls man, accompanied by a group of other men, was swimming near the John's Hole Bridge north of here when the drowning occurred. Deputy Fred Keefer of the sheriff's office said he was informed that Kelley was attempting to swim across the river and was about two-thirds of the way to the opposite bank when he went down. Keefer said the drowning was reported by Fred Lofgren of the Idaho Falls Boat Club at 7:15 p.m., but it was not definitely known at what time Kelley disappeared.
Keefer said members of the Idaho Falls Boat Club volunteered their time and boats during the search Sunday and would continue to aid in the search. he said Deputy Al Heslop assisted the police in the search Saturday night and that he (Keefer) joined the group Sunday morning.
The deputy said that the river bottom from the John's Hole Bridge to the Broadway Bridge is chiefly lava rock and that dragging for a body is an almost hopeless task. He said about 10 ropes and hooks were used Sunday, most of them becoming caught on rocks on the bottom.
Kelley was reported to be wearing only a pair of swimming trunks when he drowned, and Keefer pointed out that a hook probably would not have much to catch onto.
He was born March 28, 1900, at Fremont, Neb., but has resided here for 33 years. His wife, Chloe, died at Salmon many years ago.
He had worked for the city at various times driving a water truck or working at the dump grounds.
Survivors include a daughter, Margueritte Josephine Marshing, Salmon, six grandchildren; three brothers, Thomas, Twin Falls; Logan, at Redington, Calif.; and another whose name and address could not be recalled, and four sisters, all of who reside in California. One is Mrs. John Dutton, who returned only recently to California.
The Post Register, Aug. 3, 1953, pg. 2
Officers Press Hunt For Bodies
Mr. Kelley who was born May 28, 1901, at Fremont, Neb., is also survived by a son, James Willard Kelley, who is serving with the armed forces but whose whereabouts is unknown. Mr. Kelley also was a veteran of World War II.
The Post Register, Aug. 7, pg. 18
Body of Kelley Found In River
The body of a man identified as james (Gyp) Kelley, 52, was recovered Saturday about 2:30 p.m. from the Snake River.
The body was found by Dillard Haggard and his brother who had walked out on the retaining wall above the Broadway Bridge about 1 p.m. The body was under the retaining wall lying on rocks in the center of the river. The body had apparently gone over the spillway of the dam and had traveled about a quarter of a mile from where it went down. (partially edited)
The Post-Register, Idaho Falls, ID, Sept. 13, pg. 2
James Henry Kelley
Graveside services for James Henry Kelley, who was drowned in the Snake River Aug. 1 , were held Tuesday afternoon in Rose Hill Cemetery with Paul Brunt of the 13th LDS Ward officiating.
Music included two solos by Mrs. Ray Naef and Mrs. Florence Hammon; the invocation was by Russell Rock and dedication of the grave by Mr. Brunt.
The flag retreat was by Russell Rock and Martin Hill, of Bonneville Post No. 56, American Legion.
Pallbearers were Charles Muncey, S.E/ Waddell, Emerson Lees, Richard Peasley, John Simpson and Joseph Lees.
Burial was under direction of the Buck Funeral Home.
Post Register, Idaho Falls, Sept. 16, 1953 pg. 16
Josephine Cloe Foster Kelley
Charles Raymond Kelley
Edith Fay Kelley Hunt
Thomas LeRoy Kelley
Ruth Manilla Kelley Dutton
Logan Francis Kelley
Iva E Kelley Aumiller
Florence Hope Kelley Williams
Priscilla Jane Kelley Lee
Marguerite Pearl Kelley Nelson
Willard Edmund Foster
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