Richard Kelley

Richard Raymond Kelley

April 22, 1933 - March 17, 2021
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Richard “R.R.” Kelley passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the Alverno on St. Patrick’s Day, his most favorite holiday of the year. Cremation rites have been according with no services taking place. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

Richard was born on April 22, 1933 in Fairfield, Iowa, the son of Harley and Margaret (Dwyer) Kelley. He attended Fairfield Schools and was a 1951 graduate of Fairfield High School. Upon graduation he was employed by Western Electric (A.T.&T.) for 37 years. After he retired for two years, he went back to work at Clinton Community College in the maintenance department at the GATSI Center for 10 years.

He served four years in the Iowa National Guard and then the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Korean conflict. He was united in marriage to Jean Ann Rowan in Asbury, Iowa. Together, they raised four children; Ted, Kevin, Mike, and Erin.

Richard was a life member of the AMVETS, life member of the Eagles Club, and a member of the Moose. The family loved the Mississippi river and spent every summer at their cabin in Albany, Illinois. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Football fan and spent every home game Saturday in Kinnick Stadium for many years.

Richard is survived by his wife, Jean, two sons – Ted (Martha) Kelley of Gilbert, Arizona and Kevin Kelley of Clinton, Iowa one daughter – Erin (Spencer) Bezozo, of Chandler, Arizona, Grandchildren – Gillian, Brianna, and Ryan all of Arizona, and Lukas of Davenport, Iowa, Sisters-in-law – Jeri Malli of Clinton and Jill Housenga of Camanche, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son – Michael (1-11-2007) and brothers-in-law – Ron Malli, Harry Housenga, and Jim Rowan of Federal Way, WA .

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Bob and Nancy Countryman

Posted at 05:16pm
So sorry to hear of R.R.'s passing. He was a wonderful storyteller and we always enjoyed visiting with him when we would see him. It does seem appropriate that he passed on St. Patrick's Day. Our thoughts and prayers for all of R.R.'s family and friends.

Paul Fredenburg

Posted at 08:58am
I worked at Western with R.R. back in the late 60's and always thought he was one of the nicest person you could meet. Always wanted to get in touch with him but never got the chance. Sorry for your loss but I am sure he is in a happy place still wearing the green.

Suzy Jacobsen

Posted at 03:22pm
What a wonderful man to all.

Pam Petersen Posted at 08:00pm

I had the pleasure of working with Richard at the Graphic Arts Center and looked forward to seeing how he was dressed on St. Patrick’s Day. It somehow seems fitting that was the day he passed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a great guy!

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