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LeRoy Kelm

LeRoy "Roy" Kelm

Saturday, January 26th, 1929 - Monday, January 18th, 2021
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Obituary

LeRoy “Roy” Kelm, 91, of St. Joseph, passed away, Monday, January 18, 2021 at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville.

Private Family Services were held due to the current health situation, with Rev. Joshua Bishop officiating. Burial followed at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma. Memorial donations in LeRoy’s name may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, St. Joseph or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign LeRoy’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

LeRoy was born January 26, 1929 in Benton Harbor to Leopold & Alvina (Wagner) Kelm. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1947. On September 5, 1948, he married the former Marion Hookey in Benton Harbor. She was the love of his life, and he was hers, celebrating nearly seventy-two years together. Having met at Central Docks Skating Rink, they enjoyed many years of roller skating and square dancing. LeRoy retired in 1992 after forty years with Ideal Plumbing in Benton Harbor. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph & the Plumber/Pipefitters Union, Local #357 in Kalamazoo. In his free time, LeRoy enjoyed woodworking, fishing and tending to his vegetable garden.

LeRoy is survived by his children-Kevin (MaryAnn) Kelm of Stevensville, Tim (Ginger) Kelm of Stevensville, Kristine (Kevin Conklin) Streit of Benton Harbor; six grandchildren-Elizabeth Kelm, Paul (Heather) Kelm, Jason (Cari) Kelm, Amy Kelm, Jamie (Terry) Toth, Michael (Megan Young) Streit; eleven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces & nephews; and family friend Jeanne DeSenzio of St. Joseph. He was preceded in death by his wife Marion on March 25, 2020, his parents, a brother Richard Kelm and a sister Connie Phillips.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Notes
    Private Family Services will be held due to COVID.

    Memorial donations in LeRoy's name may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, St. Joseph or Caring Circle Hospice.
  • Interment

    Location
    North Shore Memory Gardens
    Address
    5027 M-63 North
    Coloma, MI 49038
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    Notes
    Private Family burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens

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Jason Kelm

Posted at 08:30am
You can never be fully ready or prepared for how the passing of a loved one will affect you, the thoughts and memories that will come back and all your favorite things about that person you are going to miss.

I always loved joking around with Grandpa. I don't know at what point in life this started, but we always exchanged this witty banter between one another, calling each other "good looking", "old fart", "young fart", you know, the things you say to each other. It was almost always how we started and ended visits with each other. That and hugs goodbye that turned from a warm embrace to a competition of strength of who could hug harder. And I'm really going to miss that.

Humor was one of the big things he rubbed off on me. Which is why I want to share this childhood memory, because I think it embodies a lot of him as a person. I was lucky enough to live close to my grandparents and it wasn't uncommon for us to go over there for a holiday, birthday or just a visit. One thing that you could always count on was that Grandpa was working on something in his basement wood shop, and he always said that kept him out of the bar jokingly.

This one time that we were visiting, I think it was for one of my grandparents's birthday, Grandpa said he was working on something and he wanted to show it to me. A few minutes later, he returned from the basement with what looked like a boring, wooden rectangle. A kid of elementary age wasn't quite sure what to make of this. He said "hey Jay why don't you open the door". I didn't even realize this thing had a door. But there it was, facing me. What happened next had the whole room in an uproar. When I opened the door, I saw a figure inside, who as I opened the door, stood up. With the door fully ajar now, a stream of water unexpectedly spritzed me. This was the day I learned what an outhouse was.

Grandpa was always good for a joke, a hug, helping you on a wood project, telling you how proud he was of you and that he loved you. When Grandma passed away last year, I know that couldn't have been easy for him. It's comforting to know that they are together now and my memories with him will always be there.

Love you, old fart.
DS

Darcy Eisenhart Stuck

Posted at 10:07pm
Kevin,
On behalf of SJHS Class of 1973, I would like to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. Please know that your classmate's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


JG

JEFF A GUSTAFSON

Posted at 07:53pm
While I only knew Leroy for a little over 3 years, his life, stories, and willingness to talk to me was very precious. My favorite memories of him was spending time with him during birthdays, Easter and Christmas. While others talked amongst themselves I always made it a point to steal away Leroy so we could talk. I felt a little selfish, however I will never regret taking the time to talk to him. My other favorite time was this past summer when I got to take him out for breakfast. He fought me for the check and he won ,of course. I tried so hard to sneak it out of the waitress but he caught me every time.

His stories of his past work, marriage and general life were music to my ears. Sure you would hear the same stories sometimes but if you interjected and asked for more detail you definitely got it.
While I am not officially part of this great family I always thought of Leroy as a Grandfather and he never made me feel like I was not a part of the family.

You will be missed Sir.

Love you Grandpa!
 

Michelle Elkins Posted at 11:14am

Roy you will be missed! You always treated us like family.
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