John Paul Kelley, 74, of Sweet Springs, died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs, with Rev. David Goode and Rev. Jim West officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs. An online guest book is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born April 24, 1935, in Somerset, Ky., he was the son of the late John T. Kelley and Bessie Lee New Kelley. He was raised in Somerset and in 1952 he joined the U.S. Air Force. He proudly served his country for 24 years, retiring as a technical sergeant in 1976. During the last few years of his service, he was stationed at Richards-Gebauer Air Force Base and Whiteman Air Force Base. Following his retirement from the military, he made his home in Sweet Springs. Once in Sweet Springs he worked for the city of Sweet Springs for several years and then at Sweet Springs Villa. He worked at the Villa from the time it opened until his second retirement in 1997. While working at the Villa, he met Patricia Ann Mueller, whom he married Aug. 27, 1984; she survives of the home. He was a member of First Baptist Church and helped in the formation of Sweet Springs Ambulance District.
In addition to his wife, Patty, he is survived by his three children, Bob Ed Kelley of the home, John Paul Kelley Jr. of Lexington, S.C., and Olivia Thomas of Greenwood, S.C.; two grandchildren; one brother, Robert Joseph Kelley of Ooltewah, Tenn.; two sisters, Jennie Lee Kelley of Somerset and Ruth Ann Rose of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clyde Edward Kelley; and one sister, Patsy Dean McPheron.