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 Garen Nile Kelley

Garen Nile Kelley

Birth
Woodlands, Marshall County, West Virginia, USA
Death 9 Mar 2008 (aged 85)
North Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 25270663 · View Source
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GAREN NILE KELLEY, age 85, entered into eternal life with his son and daughter by his side, at his home in North Palm Beach, FL on March 9, 2008. He is survived by his daughter Susanne Kelley Kopald (husband Michael De Kopald) of Lexington, VA and his son Michael John Kelley of Gates Mills, OH; dearest grandfather of Elizabeth Kelley Brooks (husband Benjamin Lyttleton) of Washington, DC and Rebecca Kelley Brooks of New York, NY; great grandfather of Gryphon Eloise Lyttleton and Fletcher Mei Lyttleton. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Naomi, and by two brothers, Herbert and Edwin, and two sisters, Beulah Frohnapfel and Silva Roberts. Garen was born on March 2, 1923 in Woodlands, Marshall County, WV to Royal Raleigh Kelley and Elizabeth Ruckman Kelley. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Proctor; WV during his youth, and graduated from Mounds-ville High School in Moundsville, WV. Garen joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943 and served with the 2nd Marine Division in the South Pacific with the 9th Regiment Assault Demolition Team until the end of the war. Honorably discharged on Nov. 4, 1945, he earned a Purple Heart with a Gold Star, and a Bronze Star with Valor. Returning to civilian life, Garen married Naomi L. Hudkins in 1948 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Moundville, WV. He worked as a forman for Sanders & Porter, Inc. and then Hunkin-Conkey Construction Company, which transferred Garen to Cleveland as steel superintendent overseeing all of the company's Cleveland work. In 1958, he founded Kelley Steel Erectors, Inc. and for the next 50 years built many of Cleveland's landmarks that forever changed the city's skyline. In 1985, he founded Kelley Equipment Company of Florida in Tampa, which rents cranes and specialized lifting equipment to the construction industry, adding to his list of already impressive projects. To this day, the company's cranes span the State of Florida, often called upon to accomplish difficult and demanding lifting jobs. Garen served on numerous boards during his business career including Twinsburg Banking Company, Twinsburg, OH, Canterbury School, New Milford, CT, Erico Corporation in Solon, OH, John Carroll University in Cleveland, the National Erectors Association in Washington, DC, and the National Advisory Board of the American Security Council in Virginia. In 1981 he received the honor and was inducted as a Knight of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta by Cardinal Cook in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. In 1982, Hiram College inducted Garen into the Garfield Society for his enduring work on behalf of the school. In 1992, he was inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society's Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments and service to the construction industry. A lifelong charitable fundraiser and philanthropist, Garen was active, and supported many causes including Catholic Charities, Christ Child Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Sisters of Charity, the Legionaires of Christ, the Passionist Missions, the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Cotillion Society of Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Playhouse Square Foundation, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Orchestra, Cerebral Palsy, United Way, the Boy Scouts, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, and the Society of Crippled Children. Garen faithfully attended the Church of the Gesu in University Hts., St. Paul of the Cross in North Palm Beach and St. Edwards Church in Palm Beach, FL. Following the Catholic Church's observance of Holy Week, the family will receive visitors at BROWN-FORWARD, 17022 CHAGRIN BLVD., SHAKER HTS., OH ON MARCH 25 FROM 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M.


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  • Created by: TJ
  • Added: 15 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25270663
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Garen Nile Kelley (2 Mar 1923–9 Mar 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25270663, ; Maintained by TJ (contributor 46893732) Unknown.