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Walter Fraser Kelley

Friday, May 4, 2007

Funeral services for Walter Fraser Kelley, 94, of Hiawatha, formerly of Hartley, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Friday, May 4, 2007, at the United Methodist Church in Hartley. Rev. Steve Campbell will officiate the service.

Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley.

Kelley passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha.

Casket bearers will be Aud De Graaf, Bill Leach, Fred Tanner, Ron Arndt, Steve Byers and Donald Harson.

Walter, the son of Wilson F. and Henrietta Aanestad Kelley, was born Feb. 22, 1913, near Sherman, S.D. He attended a country school near his home and graduated from Sherman High School in 1929. He graduated from Luther College, where he played football, in 1933. He then attended Nettleton Commercial College in Sioux Falls and began his teaching career in Irene, S.D. in 1934.  He received additional training from Walton School of Commerce and completed a Master's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1964.

Walter married Mildred Van Ruschen on Aug. 23, 1935, in Salem, S.D.  They lived in Irene until 1937, then moved to Hartley. Walter taught at Hartley High School until his retirement in 1978. He also was a substitute mail carrier, painter, and accountant.  He was a member of Hartley United Methodist Church.  He moved to the Cedar Rapids area in 2002.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and his brother, Luvois.

Walter was survived by his two sons:  Vance and his wife Marilyn, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Norman and his wife Gayle, of Marion; grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Memorials may be sent to Hartley United Methodist Church, 361 N. Eighth Ave. W., Hartley, or to the Hiawatha Care Center, 405 N. 15th Ave., Hiawatha.

Warner Funeral Home in Hartley is in charge of arrangements.