Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the St. Lawrence Community Church for Samuel Kelley who died in Memorial Hospital October 30, 1963. The Rev. Norman A. Conklin officated. Interment was made in the St. Lawrence 100F Cemetery with full Military Honors under the director of the VFW Post.
Pallbearers were Orville Resel, Jim Carter, Jr., Jim Graham, Russell Roth, Frank Clegg and Fred Sivertsen. Honorary Pallbearers were Louis Stechmann, Jim Carter, Sr., Don Rock, Ray Magness, Louis Lanz, Ross Bingham, Archie Davis, Earl Kindred, Lewis Meriweather and Joe Peterka.
Samuel I. Kelley was born May 16, 1893 in Sanborn, Iowa, the oldest son of Wesley and
Daisy Kelley. When a child his parents moved to Cavour. His youth was spent near
Alpena where he became a member of the Methodist Church.
Prior to his entering the Army, his family moved to a farm south of Ree Heights. He served with the 105th Ammunition train of the 30th Division during World War I. His tour of duty included combat duty in 5 major battles and concluded with service in the Army of
After receiving his discharge at Camp Dodge, he returned to farming until his appointment as Rural Letter Carrier on RFD 1 at St. Lawrence in October of 1920. He retired from the Rural Route on December 31, 1956, after completeing a total of 43 years of Federal Service.
On December 18, 1920, he was united in marriage with Guen G. Noel of Ree Heights,
Since that time they have made their home in St. Lawrence. To this marriage were born
two children; a daughter, Mary Bell who passed away in infancy in 1921, and a son, W.
Noel, who resides in Vermillion.
Sam was active in many organizations: Past president of District No. 8 Rural Letter
Carriers Association; a charter member of both local VFW and American Legion Posts,
and held many offices in these units. He was active in Boy Scout work and all community activities. His most recent organizational activity was that as charter member and the 1st commander of Word War I Barracks 3029 of Miller.
Surviving are the widow, a son, Noel, of Vermillion; one brother, George of Kansas Ciy,
Missouri; three sisters: Mrs. Leo Lynch, Highmore; Mrs. J.B. Hawkins, Elva, Wisconsin, and Mrs. John Traver of Golden, Colorado; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
All of the family survivors attended the funeral except one sister was unble to attend
because of illness.
Samuel I. Kelley
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