Ray Kelley Jr

12/21/2015

Rev. Ray Kelley, Jr., 88, of Belleville, Illinois, born Thursday, September 29, 1927, in Atwood, IL, died Monday, December 21, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Il. however, he remains fine as frog hair.

Ray was a retired ordained minister for United Methodist Church. He attended Saint Matthew United Methodist Church Belleville Illinois, was an honorary member of the youth group at church, and active in the Illinois Prairieland Walk to Emmaus. He grew up in Ina, Il. He graduated from the University of Illinois and Garrett Theological Seminary.

He was preceded in death by his:

  •  Wife, Connie nee Robey, Kelley
  • Parents, Ray Kelley, Sr., and Pearl Kelley
  • Brother, Roy Kelley

Surviving are his:

  • Children:
    • Mary Sue Kelley of Shiloh, IL
    • Karen Kelley of Salt Lake City, UT
    • Esther (Shawn) Mannhardt of Livingston, MT
    • Jim (Brenda) Kelley of Swansea, IL
    • Dana (Craig Distler) Kelley of Saint Louis, MO
  • Sister-in-Law, Ramona Kelley and her sons Steve and Kevin
  • Grandchildren:
    • David Pittman
    • Sharon Kelley
    • Michael Kelley
    • Colin Distler
    • Keira Distler
  • 2 Great-Grandchildren
  • 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren

In lieu of flowers, Ray would have preferred memorials to be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Youth Group.

Visitation: Friends may call from 9:30 am – 11:00 am Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Saint Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Saint Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois, with Rev. Jim Slone officiating. Interment will follow at Abner Cemetery in Nason, Illinois on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm.