1924-2020We lost another World War II veteran with the death of Howard Kelly, a former longtime Fowlerville resident. He served in the Aleutian Islands for two years on a secret base where the planes landed, refueled, and took off to battle. His job was being the mailman.
He was born Feb. 22, 1924 in Lansing and passed away on June 18, 2020 at Rose Arbor In Kalamazoo at the age of 96.
Howard was the oldest child of Iva Thomas and Ralph Kelley and leaves behind one sister, Betty Donaldson. He attended Coup School, a small country schoolhouse which is still standing but in poor condition.
He was married to Norma Davis for 49 years before she passed away. He later met and married Mildred Farrow and enjoyed almost 15 more years of married life. Howard lived most of his life in Fowelrivlle, Michigan before moving to Paw Paw where he met and and made new friends from the senior center. He enjoyed spending many winters in Bradenton Florida.
Howard worked at Consumers as a meter reader and stock man for 36 years before retiring. He loved golfing, playing cards with his card buddies, watching baseball (he enjoyed playing ball in younger days), baskeball, bowling, and watching old moveis on TV.
In addition to his first wife, Norma, Howard was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer, and his parents. He is survived by his sons, Howard Kelley, Jr. and Mike Kelley; a sister, Betty Donaldson; three grandsons, James (Tammy) Kelley, Matt (Brandy) Kelley, Chris (Jenny) Kelley; six great grandchildren; one great great grandson; two step-daughters, Terri Farrow and Sheri Stimac; one step-son, Larry Farrow; seven step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; and one step great great granddaughter.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 132 S. Benjamin Street, Fowlerville, on Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be held afterwards at the Fowlerville VFW Post on Veterans Drive.
Arrangements were handled by Adams Funeral Home in Paw Paw