John Mervyn Kelley, age 73 of Prairie City, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 3, 2018. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Prairie City United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John's name to Great Western Bank in Prairie City.
The son of, Martha and Roy Kelley, John was born on April 6, 1945, in Des Moines. He was united in marriage to Deloris Oxford in June of 1971. He worked as a self-employed painting contractor for more than 50 years. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Deloris; daughter, Tonia (Glen) Gillespie; two sons, Anthony (Lynn) Kelley and Jeff (Barb) Kelley; four grandchildren, Glenn II and Chelbie Gillespie and Zachary and Colin Kelley; a great grandchild, Jensen Gillespie; two sisters, Ann and Marge; and a brother, Bill. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Nora and a brother, Joe.
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I've had the privilege of knowing John since 1995. I had met Tonia and Tony and we immediately became friends. When I relocated back to Prairie City, John said "You always have a home here with us." John always made me feel like I was a daughter. He was a good listener, gave me advice even when I didn't ask for it. (LOL) but most of all, he never judged me. He accepted me for the person I was. I have always looked up to John and Delores because their relationship is what we all hope to find in our significant other, a house full of love, laughter, but most of all strength and endurance. As I continue to part of their extended family, I see all the qualities that John has passed on to Tonia, Tony and GI. I hold a special place for John in my heart. -- Dayle
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