Kelley, Thomas Eugene

In Memory of
Thomas Eugene Kelley

BIRTH: 28 Aug 1949 Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan

DEATH: 29 Jan 2021 Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan

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Thomas Eugene Kelley, 71, passed away Jan 29, 2021, at Munson Medical Center with family by his side.

Tom was born Aug 28, 1949 in Traverse City, MI to his parents, Eugene Kelley and Wilhelmina (Billie) Kelley-Teberg. He graduated from Big Rapids High School, class of 1967.

Thom was known by many as strong, yet humble, Christian man who always put others before himself. Tom was an active member of Minar Bible Church, Mesick, MI, where he had many dear friends.

Tom had a servant’s heart and lived his life demonstrating it. He was a proud Vietnam veteran, serving on the USS Newport News. Upon completion of his four year enlistment, Tom began a career in law enforcement as a Police Officer for Big Rapids Police Department.

As Tom continued his education, he accepted a position as Police Officer at Junior College (Grand Rapids Community College) Grand Rapids, MI, where he served until accepting a position at Benzie County Sheriff’s Office.

Tom enjoyed a successful 25 year career at Benzie County Sheriff’s Office where he had the opportunity to impact numerous lives. Tom was known for treating everyone, from every walk of life, fairly, with dignity, respect, compassion and empathy.

Upon retiring from Benzie County Sheriff’s Office, Tom began a great career as a Benzie County Commissioner for the next 10 years.

While it’s difficult to describe Tom’s character in a single word, many have described him as humble, down to earth, compassionate, honest, sincere, mentor, kind-hearted, inspirational, accepting, loving, firm, tenacious, and the list goes on.

Tom is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandi Kelley; his four sons, Eric (Elke) Kelley, John (Kelli) Kelley, Jason (April) Kelley, and Korey (Faith) Kelley; and his siblings, Jerry Kelley, Deborah Kanouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Carol; and brother, George.

Terwilliger Funeral Home

Funeral Home

Terwilliger Funeral Home
Kaleva, Michigan




Minar Memorial Cemetery
Mesick, Michigan


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Carol Jean (Kelley) Grant (Sister)

War Served In

Vietnam War