MSgt. Retired Thomas Bruce “Tom” Kelley passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. He was 81.
Thomas was born on December 12, 1932 in Baltimore, Maryland, son of the late John and Mary Kozar Kelley.
He served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years where he worked as a jet engine mechanic and helicopter mechanic. Tom served as a Postal courier before retiring. He also worked for Scott Paper for eight years as a machine mechanic.
Tom was a member of Dover Air Force Sgt. Association, DAV, the Radio Control Car Club and a 26 year AA Member.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by two sons Thomas B. Kelley, II “Beau” and Stephen L. Kelley.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years Brenda Kelley, daughter Karen L. Holleger of Felton, stepdaughters Jeanette Thurtle and her husband Ian of England and Tina Cahall and her husband Dan of Dover, a sister Kitty Letsch and her husband Richard, eight granddaughters, two great grandchildren and his faithful dog Max.
A memorial service will be 12 noon Monday, February 10 in the Pippin Funeral Home, 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where a gathering will be one hour earlier. Burial will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Kent County S.P.C.A., 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934.
Letters of condolences can be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.