Leo Clifton Kelley, age 87, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at Autumn Oaks Caring Center, Mountain Grove.
He was born Dec. 15, 1920, at Huggins, Mo., the son of John and Ida Boyer Kelley. On Jan. 20, 1943, he was united in marriage to Wilma Burch.
He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
After the war, he made his home in the Fairview community, where he and Wilma raised their family and farmed. He also owned and operated a milk route. He enjoyed raising a garden and giving the produce away to his neighbors and friends. He attended Fairview Church.
He is survived by his four daughters, Nancy Fisher and husband, David, of Houston, Mo., Linda Anderson of Enid, Okla., June Lear and husband, Gary, and Sue Connolly and husband, Dean, of Sturgeon, Mo.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Herschel Kelley and wife, Mildred, and Dennis Kelley all of Iowa, Norman Kelley and wife, Pat, of Arizona; four sisters, Opal Hart of Mountain Grove, Mo., Ursie Moore of Houston, Nadine Dommer and husband, Lawerence, and Fern Horn all of Iowa, and his special friend, Edith Young.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma; his parents; one sister, Edith Robertson; one brother, Russell Kelley; a grandson and a great-grandson.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Fairview Pentecostal Holiness Church. Pastor John Emery will officiate. Burial will be in the Bado Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Family requests memorials be made to Bado Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com