SHERMAN - Joseph "Joe" Kelley of Sherman passed away in his sleep on Friday, November 14th in Millinocket, surrounded by his family. He was born June 11th, 1945 to Joseph and Veda (McNally) Kelley, who predeceased him.
Joe was a Christian, a devoted family man, a businessman, a coach, a public servant and an avid golfer. Joe and Jarice married in 1968 after being high school sweethearts at Sherman High School. Together they raised three children, enjoying their sporting events and school activities and celebrating their success as parents when all three had graduated from college. Professionally, Joe was known as a devoted worker. Prior to starting his own business, Joe was a farmer and a truck driver followed by 25 years at Sherman Lumber Company, where he started at the scaler's office weighing trucks, and working his way up to sales and management positions. He culminated his career as an independent manufacturer's representative for basketball courts that were installed around the country. He loved his work and taking care of his customers, many of whom became dear friends to him. Joe was also a public servant, having served as town selectman for Sherman, Master of the Molunkus Lodge #165 of the Masons, past Patron of Molunkus Valley Chapter #95 Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Anah Shriners. His love of sports and his children manifested as head coach of Little League and pee wee basketball teams in Sherman. He also served more than 20 years as a board member and deacon of the Washburn Memorial Church in Sherman. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed many years playing golf with Jarice and their friends as members of Va-Jo-Wa Golf Course. In 2004, Joe was fortunate to be a recipient of a lung transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Having suffered from alpha-1 antitrypsin, a rare, genetic form of emphysema, Joe got a 2nd chance in life to continue enjoying his time with his family, friends and many business associates. He will always be loved and missed by his family and friends. He and his family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the professionals at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA and Millinocket Regional Hospital in Millincoket.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jarice (Perrin) Kelley of Sherman; his children, Troy Kelley of Tampa, FL, Karl Kelley and his wife, Katheryn of Kaysville, UT, Kimberly Christopher of Caratunk, and Joseph Christopher; his three grandchildren, Lisa, Luke and Joshua; and his siblings, Judy Freeman and her husband, Steve, Brent Kelley and his wife, Candace, Stuart Kelley and his wife, Rebecca, Kent Kelley and his wife, Lucinda, Scott Kelley and his wife, Virginia; many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Friends may call 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18th at the Washburn Memorial Church in Sherman where a celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Washburn Memorial Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 101, Sherman ME 04776 or the Molunkus Lodge #165 of Masons, PO Box 91, Sherman ME 04776. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com