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Allen “Al” Dee Kelley
11/15/1930 — 06/18/2021
From Richland, WA | Born in Wheatland, WYWatch Service
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Allen “Al” Dee Kelley
It is with deepest regret that the family of Allen Dee Kelley announce his passing on June 18, 2021 at Walla Walla Veteran’s Home in Walla Walla, WA.
Allen Kelley was born November 15, 1930 in Wheatland, WY to Ellis John Kelley and Inez Maude (Hise) Kelley. He graduated from Torrington High School in 1948. On September 16, 1951 he entered the United States Marine Corps as a selective service volunteer. He transferred to Korea where his primary duty was to detect and disarm land mines while on patrol.
After returning from Korea he married Audrey Perryman on August 22, 1953. They resided in Torrington, WY until 1965 when they moved to Prosser, WA where he began his employment for the USDA at the Irrigated Agricultural Research Center. He retired from the USDA in March of 1991.
After enjoying a brief retirement Allen and Audrey began their work with Laborers for Christ. For many years they traveled around the United States helping build church buildings and schools. Allen started his time with Laborers for Christ as a volunteer and ended his time there as a project manager.
After Audrey’s passing, Allen was fortunate enough to find love again with Ione Bisping. Unfortunately, she passed away after only two years of marriage.
At the time of his death he was married to his loving wife of 8 years Leah Baird Kelley.
Allen was also preceded in death by his parents, his sister Jean Werkele, and his brother Richard Kelley.
He is survived by his wife Leah, his son Stephen and wife Karen, son Michael and wife Kandie, daughter Cara McLemore, 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
There will be a graveside service at 9 am Friday, June 25 at Sunset Gardens in Richland, WA followed by a memorial service beginning at 11 am at Redeemer Lutheran Church located at 520 Thayer Drive also in Richland.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Laborers for Christ care of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
The Memorial Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church will be livestreamed on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/redeemerrichland
Link to Redeemer Lutheran Church YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmd3aTEmv6G6_FapesKvstw
I am so sorry to learn of Al’s passing. He was a great friend and co-worker for more than 30 years. We had many good times together with your family and will always cherish the times we spent together. Al and I have called one another every two to three weeks for several years, so I was aware of his health situation. Now he is at his eternal home with Audrey. Thanks Mike for calling me.
Al and I were friends and fellow Christians for over 40 years. Although in recent years contact has been infrequent we enjoyed the earlier years. Al was a dedicated servant of Christ and many other people.
He will be missed greatly but there is sure and certain hope of reuniting in heaven Well done Al.
My heartfelt condolences to Leah and the Kelley family. Al led such an amazing life and boy the stories he could tell. So many life experiences in his 91 years. I miss our Sunday drives to Church, and occasional breakfast outings afterwards (you know the place? His favorite restaurant that starts with an “S”). He will be missed, but not forgotten. God’s Blessings.
Leah and Kelley Family, so very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I have many fond memories of Al including our Sunday morning drives to church, him usually waiting for us in his driveway eager to go. May loving memories of Al bring you comfort during this sad time.
Our deepest condolences to the entire Kelley family. Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time.