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D. J. Kelley 1890-1945


Posted By: Sharon Elijah (email)
Date: 9/18/2017 at 10:28:33

14 June 1945 - The Tipton Advertiser

Mr. Kelley possessed exceptional administrative and executive ability in his school work and was recognized throughout the state for his qualifications as a school man. In maintaining the Tipton school system at its high standard in all departments he is thought to have partially undermined his health.

He was fond of young people especially and hundreds of the young people of this community readily recall the camping trips, fishing expeditions and many other happy experiences under the guidance and supervision of their friend.

Daniel Jay Kelley, son of Thomas F. Kelley and Jessie Campbell Kelley was born March 27, 1890 at Colfax, Iowa and passed away at the Mercy hospital, Iowa City, June 11, 1945. He had been in ill health seven years, being confined to bed nearly five years. During his long illness he was ever thoughtful and considerate of others and maintained his interest in friends, community life and world affairs.

He attended the rural schools of Jasper county and Newton high school. He was graduated from Monmouth college and received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. Mr. Kelley served as superintendent of schools at Fredericksburg, Colo., Clear Lake and Tipton.

He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the Gary-Whalen Post of American Legion of Tipton, the Baxter Masonic Lodge, and the Tipton Methodist church, and had been active in the interest of many civic projects until his failing health confined him at home in the last few years.

Mr. Kelley was united in marriage with Anne McKenzie on August 9, 1922, and found his greatest joys in his home, as well as working for the welfare of school boys and girls. His philosophy of life and his tireless effort in working with the young people had a marked effect upon character building of those with whom he came in contact.

He is survived by his wife, also three brothers, Ray of Des Moines, Iowa; Frank of San Gabriel, California, and Arch of the U. S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia; as well as four nieces and three nephews.

The closing words of Paul are a fitting tribute: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course; I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 4: 7,8.


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