Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of William Kelley and Dorothy Lantz, Mr. Kelley attended Youngstown State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He spent his career working in the steel industry; first in the steel mills and then in sales and management for steel packaging companies. The family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1969 and to Claremont, California, in 1979.
Kelley, as he was called by all who knew him, enjoyed traveling and would pack up the family to road trip across the country. He had a passion for cars and sports. Some of his happiest days were spent on the baseball fields of Claremont coaching both of his sons in Little League. This continued on with his cheering on his grandchildren from the stands on the fields, on the court and in the pool. He was proud of all of their accomplishments and would talk to anyone who would listen about all of them. Kelley made friends in a matter of minutes, was never short on conversation and was the life of the party.
He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Carole; his daughter Kris, his sons Brian and Kevin; his sister, Sandy Meden, his cousin Joan O’Hora and his five grandchildren: Sebastian Rivera, Katelyn Kelley, Brennan Kelley, Oliver Rivera and Riley Kelley.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 33866 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, CA 92629. A lunch reception will follow.
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Wendell Kelley’s name are welcome and appreciated by the family (http://act.alz.org/goto/Wendell_Kelley).