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James Patrick Kelly
July 30, 1931 - December 23, 2012

James Patrick Kelly, 81, of Oelwein passed away on Sunday December 23, 2012 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein due to cardio-pulmonary complications.  Visitation will be 3-7 PM on Friday December 28, 2012 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with a Vigil Service at 6:30 PM.  Funeral Services will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday December 29, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.  He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Jim was born on July 30, 1931 in Oelwein to parents James D. and Velma (Bantz) Kelly.  He graduated from Sacred Heart in 1949.  On October 1, 1955 he was united in marriage to Marian Soper at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.

Jim served his country honorably in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. New Jersey during the Korean War.  He was a carrier for the United States Postal Service, delivering mail on the west side of Oelwein for many years.  Jim loved hunting, gunsmithing, carving and his dogs.  He was a longtime member of Pheasants Forever. Reading was Jim's favorite pass-time and he was a frequent patron of the Oelwein Public Library.

Left to celebrate Jim’s life is his wife Marian; his son Jim (Patti) Kelly of Center Point; his daughter Jean (Mark) Gordish of Hudson; his grandchildren: Kelly (Evans) Komen of Waterloo and Katy (Tom) Mason of Ames; his great-grandchildren: Shannon Komen and Ivy Mason; as well as many friends.

In death, Jim has rejoined his parents and his sister Bernadette Weisman.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.  


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Brenda Vandewalker ( Westcott) on January 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM said:

I am a former resident of Oelwein . My deepest sympathy goes to his family. You will be in prayers.
Dennis Pixler on December 29, 2012 at 4:17 AM said:

I worked with Jim an the post office for quite a few years. I always enjoyed his stories and his company. He will be missed.
Jess and Christy Paul on December 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM said:

Jim and Pat,
Please accept our condolences on your father's passing. He always had a funny story to tell. Usually that story concerned his kid, Jim. May the Lord keep him in the palm of His hand.
Patsy Engstrom on December 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM said:

Jim was always my favorite uncle to visit in Iowa. I will always remember tromping through the woods and cemeteries with him. No one loved his children more, so I know he will be close by watching and guarding all of his posterity.
Pete and Patti Schmitz on December 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM said:

Sorry to hear about Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Donna Fauser on December 25, 2012 at 4:02 PM said:

Dear Marian, Jimmy Paul, Jeannie and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, Father, and grandfather. If there is anything I can do for you please call me. I will see you at the funeral. Meantime please call if I can be of help in any way. Donna Fauser
Garry/Betty Davidson on December 25, 2012 at 5:41 AM said:

We are former Oelwein residents extending our sincere sympathy to Marian and her family. God Bless.
Angela Grooms on December 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM said:

I'm sorry I didn't know Uncle Jim better. His loss will be felt. My sympathies to the family.

Angela (daughter of Patti Soper)

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