Resided in Ogle County Close to Seventy Years - a Pioneer Citizen of Rockvale. For Many Years Identified With Business Life of Byron.

Once again the angel of Death has claimed an old and respected citizen of Ogle County.
Patrick Kelley was the fourth son of Patrick and Mary Martin Kelley and was born at Winsor, Canada, November 20th, 1842, and died November 6, 1919, at the home of his niece, Mrs. Charles Reed, at Oregon, Ill.

Mr. Kelley was a resident of Byron Township for many years. He came with his parents at an early age to a farm in Rockvale. He enlisted for service in the war of the Rebellion and served this time as a true soldier in Co. I, 140th Illinois Infantry.

In the year 1870 he was married to Josephine Lockwood, at Dixon, Ill. The started farming in Byron township and proved a successful farmer. A number of years later he purchased a home in Byron, retiring from the farm, and accepted a position in the Byron Bank as cashier.

In 1902 he with his wife journeyed to Portland, Oregon, where they made their home for twelve years. But as death claimed the wife, Mr. Kelley felt the need of companionship of relatives and old time friends and returned with the wife's remains to be laid to rest in the family lot at Byron.

Afterwards Mr. Kelley made his home with his sisters, brother and nieces. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, the O.E.S., the G.A.R. and W.R.C. of Byron.

Patrick Kelley was modest, gentle, kind, and a man whose integrity was never questioned. His word when given was always protected and in his death a truly good citizen has gone to his reward.

On Saturday last, November 8th, he was laid to rest in the family lot by the side of his companion who proceeded him in death a few years ago.

Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at Byron, Saturday afternoon, Rev. M.S. Freeman, of the Oregon M.E. Church, and Rev. Brett, of Byron officiating. The Masonic fraternity assumed charge of the service at the grave.

Copied from Ogle Co. Republican ~ November 13, 1919

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