Gary's Story

WOODLAND - Gary L. Kelley, 79, went home to be with his Lord June 11, 2015 at his Woodland residence. He was born in Caribou, April 1, 1936 the son of the late Roy and Olive (Wright) Kelley.

Mr. Kelley served with the US Airforce, and was a member and past Post Commander of the Perkins Plourde Post 136 American Legion in Stockholm and also served as past State American Legion Chaplain. Mr. Kelley was employed by Delta Airlines as well as Bar Harbor Airlines, prior to his employment by the State of Maine DHS as a food inspector. He married Jo Ann Wedberg December 24, 1977. Gary attended the Amazing Grace Church in Canada as well as the Bethel Pentecostal Church in Caribou. He was a member of Caribou Lodge No. 170 A.F. & A.M., was a 32nd degree Mason and was also a member of the Anah Temple Shrine.

Surviving in addition to his wife Jo Ann of Woodland are four sons, Galen Kelley of New Hampshire, Leon Kelley of Portland, Gary Kelley Jr. and wife Robin of Santa Ana, CA, Richard McCormick and wife Cheri of Bangor, five daughters, Carol Carmichael of Mars Hill, Arleen Menard and husband Randy of Kingman, AZ, Debbie Tracy and husband Wayne of Henderson, NV, Susan Niles of Bangor, and Katherine Poisson of Limestone, two step-children, Debbie Russell of Washington and William Wolfe of Oregon, a daughter-in-law, Katie Feldman of New York, 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews including special nieces, Alexis Ward and husband Larry of Caribou and Peggy Swan of Van Buren, two special nephews Larry Jones and wife Isabella of Springfield, OR, Michael Lajoie and wife Kathy of Caribou, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Hartley and Cheryl Wedberg and Alton and Judy Wedberg. Mr. Kelley was predeceased by a son, Richard Feldman, two sisters, Hazel Lindgren and Virginia Fosdick, two sons-in-law, Michael Poisson and Roger Niles, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Charlie and Madeline Wedberg.

Friends may call at the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir Street, Caribou, 7-9pm Tuesday, June 16, 2015 where evening memorial services will be conducted by the officers and members of the Perkins Plourde Post American Legion followed by Masonic Memorial Services at 6:30pm by the officers and members of Caribou Lodge. Funeral services will be held at 1pm Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from the chapel of the Mockler Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Jewell and Rev. Ron Rosser, officiating. Interment will be in the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery. Following the service all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the Caribou Assembly of God Activity Center, Sweden Street, Caribou. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
Published in Bangor Daily News
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