Edward Earl Kelley of Cass City, age 66, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016 at his home. Ed was a hardworking man, retiring from Saginaw Grey Iron Foundry after forty-four years of employment. After retirement, he found a fulfilling career working for his brother-in-law, Harry Bitel, moving large trees. Ed also loved to have fun. With a sharp wit, he was quick to deliver a well-timed joke, lifting everyone’s spirits. His charisma granted him the ability to make friends no matter where he went. Ed loved to travel throughout Michigan on his motorcycle, and was especially fond of the Upper Peninsula. He enjoyed woodworking and lavishing friends and family with handmade gifts. He was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage, and would blow an impromptu jig on his harmonica and challenge you to a game of Dominoes. Ed was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who praised and thanked the Good Lord for the many blessings he was graced with.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Vicky Kelley, whom he married on January 7, 1967. Together they have five children, Edward Dean Kelley and his wife, April, and their two children; Angela Gail Harris and her husband, Les, and their ten children; Sharon Yevone Kelley and her two children; Mark Edward Kelley and his wife, Amber, and their five children; Melissa Lynn Motley and her husband, Andre, and their four children. Together Ed and Vicky had twelve great-grandchildren. Ed is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Donna & Paul Matthews, Winifred & Chuck Collins, Hazel Kelley and her fiancé, Dave Nehison, Robert & KumPu Kelley. Ed was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest & Maggie Kelley and Edward & Rena Hobson; his parents, Leo & Dorthy Kelley; sister, Leona Kelley; and brother, Ernest Kelley.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Colwood United Brethren Church in Caro with Rev. Dr. Jason Garwood officiating. Burial will follow at East Dayton Cemetery in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the American Heart Association. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.