Marion I. Bud Kelley, 87, Atchison, died Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Country Care Nursing Facility, Easton, Kansas.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home.
A memorial service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. sharp at Shiloh Baptist Church until 8 p.m.
A family interment will be Friday, June 28, 2019, at Leavenworth National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Shiloh Baptist Church and may be left in care of the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home with whom final care has been entrusted.
Online condolences may be left at www.arensbergpruett.com.
Bud was born July 17, 1931, in Atchison, the son of Guy Paul Kelley Sr. and Mary Cluke Kelley.
He attended Lincoln School and graduated from Atchison High School.
He and Alberta Clayton were united in marriage on May 5, 1957, in Atchison. Alberta preceded him in death on April 18, 1983.
He then married Cheryl Todd on Nov. 20, 1983, and she preceded him in death on May 9, 2014.
Bud began his employment with Locomotive Finished Materials (L.F.M.) in Atchison and later became employed with Kansas Power & Light Company where he served for 25 years, until his retirement in 1998. Following his retirement he drove a school bus for USD 409 and owned and operated the Bud Kelley and Sons Cleaning Service.
Bud served his country with the United States Navy from Sept. 10, 1951, until his honorable discharge on Sept. 9, 1955.
He was an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church of Atchison. He was chairman of the Church Deacon Board; a choir member; and chairman of the laymen for the Northeastern District, and drove the bus for Camp Ascension.
Bud was also a member of the NAACP. In his spare time he loved to share his talent of singing, he sang with the Navy Bluejacket Honors Guard, the Atchison Rivermen, the Kelley Family Choir and sang for numerous weddings and funerals. He was also an avid sports enthusiast.
Survivors include: seven sons, Rev. Michael (Gladys) Kelley, Atchison, Marion Kelley, Jr. Stockbridge, Georgia, Marcus (Tammi) Kelley, Sr. Atchison, Mario (Missy) Kelley, Atchison, Sean Tolson, Atchison, Billy (Vickie) Lewis, Wichita, Kansas, Alfred Al Steed, Kansas City, Missouri; four daughters, Rela Kelley, Atchison, Roxanna McMillian, Topeka, Kansas, Rosiland (Rick) Stillman, Atchison, Dian Cunningham, Dalton, Georgia; two brothers, Otha Dude (Anna) Kelley, Atchison, George (Rita) Kelley, Sr., Atchison; a sister, Viola (Oddis) Lewis, Detroit, Michigan; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great- granddaughter, Harmony Foster.
Bud was preceded in death by: a son, Brock Tolson; a granddaughter, Abigail Kelley; a grandson, Rev. Sean Kelley; brothers, Guy Paul Kelley, Jr. Lewis Kelley, Sr. William Henry Kelley, Michael McNair; and sisters, Sylvia Busey, Elnora Garlington, Loretta Downing, and Ethel Downing. As published in the Atchison Globe.