2008-03-20 / Obituaries


James "Tom Cat" Franklin Kelley Sr., 74, of Tinley Park died Feb. 16, 2008 due to complications with Parkinson's disease.

He was formerly of Clarke County and Chicago, Ill. He was a Korean War Army veteran who served in General MacArthur's Honor Guard. He worked for International Harvester in the Chicago Tractor Works and Broadview Plant as a welder and parts picker where he served the Labor Union, in time, becoming President of the UAW #688. He was a member of the Tinley Park VFW Bremen Post #2791. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, Calumet Council, and scout commissioner during the years his son was a boy scout.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mae (nee Grow); one son, James F. Kelley Jr.; three daughters, Debra, Beverly J. Abels, Claudette Beauchamp; three sisters, Waurrine Leth, Semmes, Kathleen Lopez, Cotton Port, La., Eleanor Callahan, Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leavie V. and Arthur "Dock" Kelley, two brothers, Beauford and Thomas Kelley.

Family and friends met for a memorial service Saturday, March 1. You may visit and sign the guest book at www.suntimes.com (published in the Chicago Sun Times on Feb. 24, 2008).

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