Eugene D. Kelley, 94, Wabash, died at 4 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 at his home. He was born Feb. 8, 1919 in Bluffton to Charles and Wilma (King) Kelley.
Gene was a graduate of Montpelier High School. He served in WWII as a technical Sgt. in the 14th Army Air Corp (Flying Tigers). He was stationed in China, Burma and India. He married Nilah Maxine Nusbaumer in Patterson, N.J. on July 20, 1943; she died Aug. 10, 2013. He retired from Fisher Body in Marion after 28 years. Gene was a member of the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash and the U.A.W. Local #977 in Marion. He loved God, family, his country and enjoyed fishing and traveling.
He is survived by his four daughters, Marilyn (John) Brunn, and Deborah (Terrence) Cusack, both of Wabash, Karen Kelley, Silver Lake, and Sharon (Mick) Strange, Wabash; five granddaughters, Lisa (Chris) Holland, Tampa, Fla., Kelli (Paul) Pais, Waterberry, Conn., Alisha (Stephen) Fritz, Richmond, Va., Stephanie (Kristopher) Willmert and Kimberly Strange, both of Wabash; four great granddaughters, Katie and Zoe Ebanks, both of Tampa, Britani D'Amora and Milina Pais, both of Waterberry; and one sister, Dorothy Mentzer, Fort Wayne. His parents, one brother, Bill Kelley, and one sister, Virginia Kennedy, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Randall Fennig officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is Noble Township Volunteer Fire Department.
The memorial guest book for Gene may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.