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Richard L. “Clutch” Kelley, age 62, of Greenville, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 11, 2014 at his home after a brief illness.

The son of Jack & Barbara (Lundquist) Kelley, he was born on March 28, 1952 in Lakeview

On June 28, 1991, in Stanton, he married the former Margaret Barthel and for over 25 years he worked as a heavy equipment operator with Republic Landfill (formerly Allied Waste) where he took great pride in his job.

Clutch will be remembered as a feisty Irishman with a heart of gold who enjoyed hunting, gun collecting, and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, but found his greatest joy in time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Margaret “Peg” Kelley on June 2, 2007.

Surviving are two step-daughters, Kerin & Bob Naumann of Crystal, and Trecia Wright of Remus; four step-grandchildren, Haley Lutherloh of Crystal, Cameron Honeyager, Celeste Honeyager, and Cassidy Honeyager, all of Rockford; two brothers, Michael & Ann Kelley of Davison, and Thomas Kelley of Lakeview; special friend, Mary Beth Hampton of Greenville; best friends, Don & Gloria Seabolt of Greenville; several nieces and nephews; and many other dear friends.

A celebration of life gathering is being planned for a later date. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan would be appreciated. Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Clutch’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on October 11, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Kelley (Rose) and Dennis Taylor

    Peace and blessings to all the family and friends. He was my second cousin. His dad was my grandma’s brother.


    Rene Rose-Hernandez

    So sorry for your loss, Tom and Mike. Praying for you and your family.


    Helen Taylor

    Have known the Kelley family forever and am sad that Rich, as I knew him, has passed. My deepest condolences to his family, especially brothers Mike and Tom.


    Tom & Sandy Collins

    RIP our Good Friend..You are at peace and reunited with your wife and Best Friend. You will never be forgotten.


    Carrie Haight McCarthy

    I’m sorry about your loss. I know him many years , every time I went with my dad to to bar to see him and Peggy that’s long tome ago. I miss Peggy and I love her. He is very wonderful guy! R.I.P. Clutch……


    Cameron Honeyager

    I am at a loss for words, losing Grandpa Clutch came out of nowhere. He was a hardworking family loving man. Some of my earliest memories involve running around his yard looking for shotgun shells. Or scaring the grasshoppers. He also gave the best presents. I love you grandpa! tell Grandma Peggy we miss and love her too.


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