John Wesley Kelley, Sr., 87, died Monday, November 28, 2022 in the SOMC Hospice Center surrounded by his family. Born on January 23, 1935 in Sciotoville, he was a son of the late John Raymond and Garnet Gilliland Kelley.
Wes was an active member of the Army Reserve for six years. A retired payroll clerk from the Ohio Department of Transportation with 36 years of service, he also had previously worked at Empire-Detroit Steel Corp. and drove a Lay’s Potato Chip Truck.
A 1954 graduate of East High School, Wes was very instrumental in preparing East High School to become a Community School.
Also preceding him in death were a brother, Donald E. Kelley; a sister, Marjorie Haywood and a great-grandchild, Wren McCallister.
Surviving are his wife, Rosemary Whitley Kelley; a son, John W. Kelley, Jr. at home; a daughter, Caroline (Rob) Miller of Minford; a brother, Dee (Judy) Kelley of Ironton; three grandchildren, Dr. Stefan (Dr. Danielle) Price of Chillicothe, Zachary (Jessica) Miller of Ft. Myers, FL and Whitley (Chris) McCallister, OTR/L of Sciotoville; five great grandchildren, Brooks Miller, Waverly McCallister, Isaiah Price, Jericho McCallister and Lainey Miller.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022 at the BRANT FUNERAL HOME IN SCIOTOVILLE with Rob Miller officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Burial Park.
The family will receive guests at the BRANT’S from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday.