Charles Kelley
Charles Kelley
Charles Kelley

Obituary of Charles Kelley

Charles Ross Kelley passed away on December 25th 2017 on the first white Christmas in nearly 10 years following complications from a massive heart attack.  He was 87 years old.

Chuck was born Sept 7th 1930 in Claude, Texas.  At the age of 16 he left home and joined the Army.  He served his country for 20 years as a medic.  He was stationed in France during the time of the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and then stationed in England for 3 years.  He was also stationed in Korea, Alaska, Fort Lewis, and finally retired at Fort Hamilton, NY, on November 30th 1966.

In 1962 Chuck married the love of his life, Irma, in Lakewood, WA.  They raised their five children on Waller RD in Tacoma while Chuck worked at the Asarco smelter.

In 1971, Irma started a boarding home for disabled American veterans.  By 1977, Chuck retired from the smelter after 11 years, and moved to the north end of Tacoma to help Irma expand their veterans’ home.  After 25 years of running the boarding home, they both decided to retire in 1996.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 55 years, Irma, three siblings, Martin (Sharon), David, and Violet (Sid); five children, Joe (Wendy), Mike (Heather), John (Rezeda), Sharon (Frank), and Glenda; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Chuck will be remembered for his love and caring commitment to his family and Irma’s cooking.  He loved a good conversation and was good at making us all laugh.  We miss him deeply.

Memorial services will be held at New Tacoma Cemetery’s Chambers Creek Chapel, located at 9212 Chambers Creek Rd W, University Place, WA at 10 AM on Wednesday, Jan 3rd.