Richard Kelley

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Richard Marbus Kelley, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and esteemed member of the Los Angeles community, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at the age of 79. He was surrounded by love and care at Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine, Dammert Care Center, Belleville, IL.

Born on June 1, 1944, in Salt Lake City, UT, Richard’s journey was marked by dedication, service, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. He graduated from Birmingham High School, class of 1963, and answered the call to serve his country in the United States Army. His military career took him across the United States and Germany, where he served with distinction as Chief of Section in charge of Fire Direction Control. For his service, Richard was honored with the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

After his military tenure, Richard pursued higher education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from California State University Northridge in 1971. He began his career as a senior accountant and Certified Public Accountant at Peat, Harwick, and Mitchell. This marked the beginning of a successful career in finance, where his expertise in the gaming industry shone brightly.

For over two decades, he dedicated his talents to Caesars World in Los Angeles, California, ultimately serving as Vice President of Finance/Treasurer from 1991 to 1996. In 2002, he retired, eager to savor life’s simple pleasures with his cherished wife, Sheri, and delve into the study of oenology, indulging in his passion for red wine and fine cigars, often enjoyed on the patio of their cherished Sherman Oaks home, built by his father.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ida Kelley, nee Browder; and his brothers-in-law, Stuart Blaine, Marvin Sedway, and Ernie McQueen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Cheryl Kelley; his devoted daughter, Nicole Pope; his grandchildren, Hannah, Tyler, Logan, Lillian, and Aidan; his sister, Ida Blaine; his brother, Phillip Kelley; his sisters-in-law, Linda McQueen, Kim Sedway, and Pat Kelley; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

In honoring Richard’s memory, contributions may be made to the Benedictine Living Community at the National Shrine of our Lady of the Snows. Condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family online at Arrangements were entrusted to the compassionate care of George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

True to his wishes, cremation services were held, symbolizing the eternal flame of Richard’s spirit.

Richard leaves behind a legacy of integrity, kindness, and devotion, forever cherished by those who were fortunate enough to know him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.



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