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Harold Edward Kelly

May 18, 1931 - November 11, 2019



Harold Edward Kelly, 88, of Cadillac and Venice, Florida finished the coda to his ‘Overture of Life’ on November 11, 2019 at StoryPoint in Rockford.

The beginning of this composition was directed by his parents, Frank and Mabel (Langley) Kelly at Huron County, Michigan on May 18, 1931.

Material for the composition included educational experiences in music, choral, and instrumental direction and performances with various music ensembles in Michigan and Florida. Harold was an accomplished musician; playing French horn in orchestras and community bands in Michigan and Florida, and as an organist for churches and special events.

Harold completed 35 years of band instruction and counseling in Michigan schools after earning
his bachelor and master degrees from Central Michigan University.

The dynamics for his life’s composition were supplied by his wife, Marjalee who preceded him in passing on November 5, 2018, and their three children, Dr. Kymberlee (Gary) Moline of Belmont, Michigan, Keith (Julie) Kelly of Traverse City, and Kurt (Ann) Kelly of Beaverton, Michigan. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Marc Moline of Grand Rapids, Christopher Moline of Washington DC, Sarah Lickiss of Grand Rapids, Sam Reese of Escanaba, Sophie Kelly of Ann Arbor, Preston Kelly of Ann Arbor, and Keaton Kelly of Ann Arbor, and great-grandchildren: Calvin Lickiss ad Finn and Lane Moline. Also surviving is Harold’s brother, Frank Kelly of Cass City and sister, Onalee Kelly of Fort Austin, Michigan.

Predeceasing Harold in addition to his wife, were his parents; sisters, Avis McIllhargie and Ila Mae Berndt and a brother, Lester Kelly.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Marion United Methodist Church with Reverend Jim Mort officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be held at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Clare.

Memorial contributions can be made to Marion United Methodist Church. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Dave and Melody Graham - Nov 11th, 2019 4:32 pm

    "We are so sorry for your loss!"

  • Doug&Sheryl Caswell - Nov 11th, 2019 4:37 pm

    "To the Kelly family,our thoughts and prayers are with you!❤️"

  • Dick Scheanwald Jr. - Nov 13th, 2019 4:40 am

    "To the Kelly family, you'll never be able to understand the positive impact that this man had on my life. He was there for me at a tough time in my life. I will always be grateful for Mr. Kelly. Godspeed, kind man."

  • Jie and Jenny Webb - Nov 13th, 2019 1:47 pm

    "Deepest sympathies. So sorry we cannot attend services. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."

  • Judy Fleming - Nov 13th, 2019 3:25 pm

    "I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.... He was a wonderful man."

  • Herb Seamons - Nov 13th, 2019 7:38 pm

    "A fine man. He and Marjalee were members we enjoyed at Faith UMC and his music blessed us. He also donated a set of bowls for the kitchen for our Senior Luncheons so he will always be remembered."

  • David Gaunt - Nov 14th, 2019 5:11 am

    "I had left a Guestbook message a couple of days ago, but do not see it posted. So, I’ll try once again. Although I am in Florida, I stay connected to Cadillac via the online newspaper. I was saddened to learn of Harold’s passing. He was a good guy with a big heart, and a valued mentor for me. He hired me in 1982 to work for Project A.T.T.I.C., an adult counseling center. A mutual friend, Dr. John Geisler, connected us. Curiously, John, a CMU and WMU professor, contacted me about 6 months ago and asked about Harold. I told him what I knew, but had lost touch with Harold in the past several years. I have informed John of Harold’s passing. His three kids surely know how proud he was of each of you. He spoke frequently and fondly on many occasions about “his kids.” My thoughts are with you."

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