Life Story / Obituary


Charles “Chuck” Kelly of Plainwell died at home on Sunday March 12, 2017. He was born January 9, 1942 in Texas Corners, Michigan. He is the son of William and Myrtle Kelly. Chuck’s family includes his partner of 28 years Rebecca A. Coak; a daughter Tanya Kelly (fiancée’ Jacob Jackson), and many siblings. Chuck served in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1968. Chuck enjoyed working on anything mechanical and spent his working days as a diesel mechanic. He liked to go on long rides in the country with his family to see deer and turkey, go camping, and spend long days at Gun Lake watching his daughter, nephew, and family kayak and swim. He was particularly fond of family trips to Mooville for ice cream, and loved to stop along the way and get a Milky Way and a root beer. Chuck enjoyed being on the move all the time; from spontaneous trips to Michigan’s upper peninsula, rides over to see the sunset and ‘pirate ship’ at Lake Michigan, and even watching the train go past his backyard. Despite all his 75 years Chuck was very much still a child at heart. He loved to help anyone who needed help, had a famous sense of humor, and will be missed by all those around him. The family would like to thank special friend Haywood Beasley and family for all of the help they have provided through the years. The family asks that if you have any pictures of Chuck please contact us so we can make copies for a memorial.