James D Kelly

January 7, 1931April 21, 2013

James D. Kelly, 82, of Kansas City, MO, died suddenly April 21, 2013 at The Groves Living Center of Independence, MO. He was born on Jan. 7, 1931, the third son of Walter L. & Gertrude (Clevenger) Kelly in Braymer, MO where he grew up & graduated from Braymer High School in 1949. Soon after graduation, he began his career with Merck & Company in Kansas City, MO. That was interrupted during the Korean Conflict, where he served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Helena from 1950 to 1954. He then returned to Merck & Company, retiring after 40 years. Jim was a life member of VFW 1000 of Independence, a member of FOE Eagles 3717 and Loyal Order of Moose No. 10; both of Sugar Creek, MO. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Kelly. He is survived by his brother, Harold Kelly (Mary) of Ft. Collins, CO; a sister-in-law, Lois Kelly of KCMO; his nieces, Paula Barrows of KCMO, Lynda Klouda (Kenny) of Rawlins, WY & Janice Kelly of Ft. Collins, CO; his nephew, Jerry Kelly (Nancy) of KCMO; his great nephews, Nick Kelly & Kelly Klouda; his great nieces, Alex Kelly & Jessica Barrows Woodard; Jim’s loving friend and companion of 13 years, Betty and many more relatives & friends. Jim will be dearly missed and always remain in our hearts. To honor Jim’s request, there will be no memorial service. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” - author unknown Condolences to


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Sharon Lemmones

April 27, 2013

To the family of Jim--I know you will miss him very much. My first "real" job was at Merck. I was 19 and used to tease Jim about starting work there several months before I was born. In the time Jim was there with me I seldom saw him in a really bad mood. He was always respectful and helpful. Jim was probably the only one who called the boss Mr. Hashagen. Most of the guys in the warehouse had a nickname-his was Doggy (short for Seadog) since he had been in the Navy. When I needed to pick up my car down north, Jim would drop me off. I always looked forward to the garden in the vacant lot next to the building. He had the best tomatoes (weighed on the postal scales.) When my cousin, Bruce started to work at Merck, Jim, Jack & Bud included him in their lunch bunch. Often they went to eat Mexican food and always encouraged Jim to order a "Sancho" because they knew he would have trouble saying it. He took the teasing well.

I only saw Jim's lawn once & I know God will have "Green Acres" because of him.

My condeolences to all of you and God's Blessings be with you.

April 26, 2013

Jim - so much fun, full of smiles, funny stories, true and loyal to his friends. We always felt good when he was around. He will be sadly and profoundly missed. The high school class of 1949 reunions will feel the loss. Our sympathy is extended to the family. Jackey Hughes Culley


April 26, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Kelly. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

April 25, 2013

I will truly miss you Jimmy. You were certainly a dear friend of mine at Merck. You were funny and fun to be around. I will forever remember you whistling " Please release me." I had never heard the song before. You and Bruce were so kind to me during me time of trouble and helping move and start my new life at Merck. I love you. RIP we have certainly lost a good man. May God bless and comfort your family and friends.
Renee Donato
Ex Merck Employee