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In Memory of Michael Kelley

Name: Michael Kelley
Spouse: Josephine
Children: Daniel, Amy, Teresa
Birth Date: July 9, 1959
Ascension Date: November 22, 2020

Michael Edward Kelley ascended on November 22 due to heart failure after a difficult battle with ALS. His beloved wife, Josephine, was by his side, in the comfort of their home in Fort Lee, NJ.

He was born on July 9, 1959 in Michigan to Doris Ridenour. He spent his youth in Madreas, Oregon. Mostly enjoying his time on the football and basketball teams.

Right after high school, Michael served in the Army from 1977-1981 in Germany, achieving the rank of Private First Class. He met and joined the Unification Movement in San Diego upon completion of his military service in May 1981. Inspired by the vision of building a better world, Michael dedicated thirteen years of his life volunteering his time to raise funds for and participate in the service and outreach programs of the church. These efforts took him to Korea, Jerusalem, and many states of the U.S.

Michael and Josephine met in 2006, and from then on became a blessing to one another. They spent most of their life together in the Bronx, and NJ for the last few years. Michael was a truck driver for 20 years, working for the Tyel Power Lines. His interests included team sports, fishing, and travel. He especially loved college football and rooted for his favorite team, the Alabama Crimson Tide. His love of fishing carried him all the way to Alaska for tuna fishing trips.

Michael is survived by his wife Josephine, children Daniel and Amy, and their mother Wanda, step-daughter Teresa, mother Doris, brother Chuck, and his favorite cat Lucas.

Michael will be remembered for his dedicated military service, and service to God as a Heavenly soldier, having fought and overcome many battles up until his last breath.

Seonghwa Ceremony

Date: November 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Location: Clifton Family Church: 78 De Mott Ave., Clifton, NJ 07011

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Comments (6)

  • Steve Cox

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    I was with Michael on his first MFT fundraising team. He was one of my closest friends. I have many pictures and good memories of Michael during those times. Good brother.

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  • Joe Kinney

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    Mike
    We only worked together a little bit.
    Your sincere warm heart moved my heart.

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  • Luz Maria

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    Sorry to hear of your passing, but nonetheless always impressed with your heart to give as much as you can spirit. I remember you well from the MFT efforts we all pitched in to support the Unification Movement during the late 70’s and early 80’s.

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    • Djamel Bouachri

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      Always you tribe for the best and I remember the time we spend together . Thanks Mike.

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  • Gary Hillier

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    I met Mike with an Australian sister, Angela, while witnessing in San Francisco back in 1981. Mike was a big tough military guy with a very tender heart, amusing sense of humor, and a great love for True Parents. I can still remember him singing his favorite Christian song at Booneville and doing a 21 day fast at Camp Sunrise. Mike did well despite his struggles. Bring great victories in the eternal world Mike! We will miss you here!

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  • Denis Manor

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    God Bless you Brother. Thank you for your years of service in the US Army and in the Heavenly Army. A great start for your eternal life!

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