Kelley Dean Jones was born June 15, 1957, in Des Moines to Keith (Casey) Jones and Maurine (Mandy) Edwards Jones. He passed away Oct. 29, 2018, of heart failure at home in Osceola.
Kelley graduated from Clarke Community in 1975. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served aboard the USS Independence for four years. While home on leave he met Peggy Pettinger at the Oct. 28, 1978, homecoming game. Upon his discharge, he proposed and they were married on May 24, 1980. In 1983, the seas were calling again, and he reenlisted. While stationed aboard the USS Caron, he was involved in the Achilles Laura hijacking, the first attack on Libya and the Black Sea incident. He also jumped out of “perfectly good” helicopters for air and sea rescues.
Following his discharge in 1989, Kelley enrolled at Southwestern Community College, where he graduated with an associates of arts degree. In 1994, he began working for Chariton Ford and his other “brother,” Mike Scienziski. He worked his way up to service manager and achieved Ford Master Mechanic. His disability forced his retirement in 2017 after 23 years.
Kelley was a proud Navy veteran, a devoted Cubs fan, avid woodworker and a fantastic father/grandfather. He cherished his memories as a little league coach and as a BSA Scoutmaster. He gloated about being a dog whisperer and had never met an animal that he didn’t like.
Kelley was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Danny Keith Jones and father-in-law Paul Pettinger.
Kelley leaves behind his pride and joy, granddaughter Essa Jones; wife Peggy Jones; children, Keith Jones of Norwalk, Sheena (Jason) Duff, Amanda Jones of Osceola and Shelby Burgus of Chicago, Illinois; siblings, Sherry Ellis and Rick (Darla) Jones of Alexandria, Minnesota, and Ron (Phylis) Jones of Rockford, Illinois; mother-in-law Marjorie Pettinger of Lucas; in-laws, Cindy (Pat) McCracken of Lucas, TJ (John) Vanatta of Villisca, Joe Pettinger of Wheatland and Larry Spoon of Lucas; numerous surrogate kids and grandkids and many nieces and nephews.
A good old fashioned Irish wake will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Honey Hill Events Center, 1400 W.Clay St., in Osceola with Navy honors at 3 p.m. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com.