Michael “Mike” E. Kelly, 89, of Marion, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at The Villages at Marion. Funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 10:30 AM, with a visitation an hour prior, at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Father Don Czapla officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Michael E. Kelly was born on June 19, 1930 to Jerome and Mary Costigan Kelly in Lawler, Iowa. He proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Mike was united in marriage to Marietta “Mary” Martin on February 5, 1955. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and of St. Matthew Catholic Church. He retired from his banking career as the manager of the Cedar Rapids Iowa Manufacturing Credit Union.
Mike and Mary weren’t just husband and wife, they were partners in life. After their children were grown, they enjoyed several cruises and travel in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s robbed Mary of their “Golden Years” but Mike never left her side.
Mike enjoyed vegetable gardening, volunteering at Mercy Hospital and was a multiple gallon blood donor. However, his favorite pastime was attending his grandchildren’s school and athletic events.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary; children, Tom (Lori) Kelly of Omaha, NE; Steve (Michele) Kelly of Cedar Rapids; Ann Koeppen of Marion; Karen French of Cedar Rapids; son-in-law, Bruce Melick; 15 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and many extended family members.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Arlene Kelly; and daughter, Laura Melick.
Thanks Dad! We couldn’t have asked for a better father.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/iowa), Camp Courageous, or the Mercy Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.