Thomas Earl Kelley Sr.

  • February 5, 2013

Thomas Earl Kelley Sr.

World War II veteran

Thomas Earl Kelley Sr., 91, of Washington, died Monday, February 4, 2013, in his home.

He was born April 21, 1921, in Buffalo Township, a son of the late James and Mabel Roupe Kelley.

A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from August 12, 1942, until his honorable discharge on December 18, 1945, as a private first class. He served in Europe and was involved in the Rhineland Campaign. He was awarded the American Theater Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with one bronze battle star, a Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Mr. Kelley worked as a construction laborer at Chapman Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 1986.

He enjoyed working outdoors at his home and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars 927 and American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175.

On September 28, 1963, he married Eva M. Bell, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Thomas E. Kelley Jr. (Kathy) of Washington; two brothers, James E. and Dave H. Kelley, both of Washington; two grandchildren, Marcy Conklin and Christopher Morris; and two great-grandchildren, Robert L. Mullen Jr. and Essence Conklin.

Deceased are five brothers, George, Walter, Samuel, Edward and John.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. The funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9, and proceed to North Buffalo Cemetery, Washington. Military rites will be accorded graveside by American Legion Edwin Scott Linton Post 175. Additional information and a guest book are available at


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