Charles E. Kelley, 81, of Marshalltown, IA, formerly of Cedar Rapids, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 9, 2020 shortly after a visit from his son and daughter at the Iowa Veterans Home. Visitation on Friday, November 13th from 10-11 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories followed by a private family service graveside in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
As mandated by proclamation, social distancing must be practiced which requires a limited number of people to be allowed into the visitation at one time. The use of facemasks or shields is required.
Survivors include a daughter Susan (Patrick) Perkins, son James (Michelle) Kelley, grandchildren Joshua, Camille (Colby), Aleah, and Ian, and sister Marjorie Ann (Daft)-IA, half-sisters: Ruth Jane (Chizum)-Colorado, Katherine Grace (Reis)-Oregon. He was Preceded in death by his parents George Kelley and Della Gray Kelley, stepmother Thelma Hildebrand Kelley, half-sister Mary Lou (Wiley) and former wife Dorothy Jane Kirkpatrick Kelley.
Charles was born January 21, 1939 in Ottumwa Iowa, the son of George and Della Kelley. He graduated from Franklin Highschool in 1957 and served in the Navy from 1957-59 as a hospital corpsman aboard the USS Midway. Charles graduated in 1963 from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business and education. Charles was a lifelong educator and spent time teaching at Fort Madison Senior Highschool and Southeastern Community College in Keokuk. He also served on the Ft. Madison School Board and as principal at Shellsburg Highschool in Shellsburg, IA. Charles spent the last 15 years living at the Iowa Veterans home where he enjoyed spending time with friends, cheering for Iowa football games and regular family visits.