Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Leonard Isaiah Kelley, United States Army Veteran

Leonard Kelley was born June 17, 1933 in Milano, Texas and passed away July 28, 2011, at the age of 78, in Temple, Texas.

Leonard proudly served his country in Korea in the United States Army.

After his military service, he held various positions in government, ending with employment at the Temple Post Office, from which he retired on October 2, 1992.

Leonard was active in the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher and Usher.

Funeral services were held on August 2 at the Branford/Dawson Funeral Home in Temple. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders, who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After the services, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas, where the procession was greeted by fifty American flags blowing in the hot Texas wind.

The Riders formed a honor line along the front of the committal shelter, stood at attention, and saluted as the flag draped casket was carefully transferred from the hearse to the shelter.

Military honors were rendered by the Honor Guard of the United States Army. The bugler played taps. The flag that draped the casket was folded into a tight triangle, and presented to a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. He presented the flag to Leonard’s dear wife of 56 years, Virginia, on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation, as thanks for Leonard’s faithful service to his country.

The gathered family and friends were led in final prayers by a Pastor of the Baptist Church.

Leonard Kelley was then laid to rest on the plain of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff on the hill above in his honor.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, five sons, one daughter, a brother and a sister, ten grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.


I’ve closed my eyes
And fallen asleep

And there’s no reason
For you all to weep;
This is a debt
We all must pay

You will see me again

With thanks to Branford/Dawson for biographical information and additional photos.

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