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Life Story / Obituary
Although he accomplished so much of which to be proud, D. Charles Kelley’s greatest sense of fulfillment was found in the family he treasured. Together he and his wife exemplified what marriage is truly intended to be as they were soul mates, companions, and best friends. Chuck was also an extraordinary father who was there for his children, and he was overjoyed to be a grandfather. A lifelong resident of the community he loved, his outgoing personality, genuine desire to help others, and his fun-loving spirit made him the sort of person everyone wanted to know. Life will never be the same without Chuck here, but his legacy will be carried on by those who follow in his footsteps.
Daniel and Dorothy (Curtis) Kelley were pleased to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Daniel Charles on October 13, 1930, in Muskegon, Michigan. In his early years he enjoyed summers and his Grandma and Grandpa Kelley’s farm up in Hart with his sister Judy and brothers Richard, Johnny and Danny. While he was in school he participated in basketball and baseball. He was also the Manager of the football team. The remaining group from the team, met once a year ever since then to this day, calling themselves “The Leather Helmet Gang”. While in high school, three of his friends bought and owned a Duesenberg car, which they enjoyed and loved driving around town in. Chuck graduated from Muskegon High School in 1948. He met his high school sweetheart and the love of his life Beverly Knop and they married April 7, 1951.
Chuck attended JC Community College and then advanced to Michigan State University where he later graduated. He and Beverly resided in Lansing while Chuck was going to school. The older two children were born there; David, 1953 and Rick, 1954. During this time they regularly traveled back to Muskegon to spend time with Beverly’s parents, Albert and Alice Knop. After graduation from MSU, they resided in the apartment at Ruddiman Terrace where they later had their third son, Mark in 1957. They moved to Chippewa Drive where they built a great home and welcomed their beautiful daughter Dina in 1961. The family was blessed with numerous friends to play and do activities with and always remembered this first house with fond memories. Many home movies were made there. Later on they moved to a house on Spencer drive where they lived for more than 30 years. In 2013, they moved to their last residence on Alice Street in Whitehall.
An entrepreneurial hardworking man, Chuck established a very successful career. Right out of college he took a job as a teller with Lumbermans Bank, and he eventually moved up to become a vice president there. Chuck then started a data management company called ABC Systems just as the computer generation was getting started. He then opened a Manpower franchise that provided temporary workers for local companies. Finally, Chuck started his own company, Kelley Systems, which specialized in microfiche records for banks and other industries. After a very successful career in business, he retired in 1996.
Chuck and Beverly were a testament to what it means to be husband and wife, and they were an amazing couple. It was so easy to see that they were always so in love, and they treasured being parents, too. Chuck called her his sweet pea, and they loved being together. They made some of their best memories while traveling the country in their motorhome, camping with friends and relatives. Chuck and Bev loved snowmobiling, and there were also countless trips to see the Indy 500. They had a large group of friends that they called “club,” and they often gathered at their various homes to socialize. Chuck was an avid Mickey Mouse fan and had an extensive collection of Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
A man of many interests, Chuck was always busy. He played basketball at the YMCA for over 40 years, three times a week with passion until he was 80 years old! He was a member of Masonic Lodge and also the Muskegon Elks where he played on the bowling league for many years. Chuck and Bev were also members of Central Lutheran Church and avid watchers of Robert Schuller and had visited the Crystal Cathedral many times. A man of many talents, Chuck could play the piano by ear, which he picked up from his mother who was also an entertainer. He and Bev were known to spend hours sitting at the piano together, singing, playing and entertaining family and friends. For many years, Chuck was also involved with the Miss Michigan Pageant.
Chuck always treasured his family first and foremost. He lived a life of purpose while sharing precious moments with the people he loved. He was never one to let things get him down and he faced whatever came his way with great courage and enthusiasm. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. The love, support and dedication that he brought to everyone he met and knew can never be replaced. Although he will be deeply missed, Chuck’s family finds comfort in knowing that he joined his beloved “little Bevie” on their 65th wedding anniversary.
D. Charles Kelley, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016. Chuck’s family includes his sons, David Kelley of OR, Rick (Deborah) Kelley of Chicago IL, Mark Kelley of Kentwood; daughter, Dina (Jeff) Jelinek of Whitehall; grandchildren, Michael Kelley, Melinda Kelley, Alexandra (Everett) Pleasant, Miles Kelley, Kyle Jelinek (Paige Evans – Fiance), Cody Jelinek & Katelyn Jelinek; brothers, John (Sherry) Kelley of Muskegon, Richard (Barb) Kelley of Muskegon, Daniel (Cherie) Kelley of Muskegon; sister, Judy (Norm) Rathbun of Muskegon. Chuck was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Beverly in 2013. Services will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at Clock Chapel - Muskegon. Interment in Hart Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Alzheimer's Association or Spectrum Hospice.