Graveside services for Melville D. "Mel" Kelley, 63, of
Nampa, who died Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Caldwell
hospital of natural causes, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
The Rev. Cecil
Thompson of Nampa will officiate under the direction of
the Dakan Funeral Chapel of Caldwell.
Kelley was born Jan. 26, 1923, at
Ore., to Reuben and Hester Kelley.
He was raised in the
Vale area and graduated from Ontario High School.
He moved to Prairie City, Ore.,
where he married Clarice Bates on Feb. 14, 1945.
They ranched at Prairie City
for 25 years. He also
broke horses for the U.S. Army Calvary Remounts and dealt in
saddle horses. In the
1950s, he began contracting rodeo stock and later selling his
stock contracting business to Christensen Rodeo Stock
Contractors in 1958. They
moved to Nampa in 1966 where they lived until moving to Burns, Ore. in 1975.
They returned to Nampa in 1980, where they have since resided.
He is survived by his wife of Nampa: four daughters, Melda
Roberts of Caldwell, Patty Stover of Emmett, Tammy Mc D Roe of
Ola, Shirley Pettyjohn of Burns, Ore.; two sons, Dennis of
Nampa and Jim of Smith Valley, Nev.; a sister, Clara Moore of
Klamath Falls, Ore., and 14 grandchildren.
was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marguerite
Memorials may be made to the Idaho Heart Association in
care of the Dakan Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1386, Caldwell,