James Kelley, 84, of Allentown, died peacefully surrounded by his family Nov. 20 2017. He was the husband of Carol Kelley. They were married for 58 years. Born in Altoona, he was the son of the late Irvin and Nellie Kelley.
He was a veteran of the Korean War.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University and earned his master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before retiring, he was the director of the Allentown City Planning Bureau and later was employed by G. Edwin Pidcock Company. He served as a member and chairman of the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board for over 30 years.
He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church and was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending time hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling, playing Trivial Pursuit, skiing, golfing, bowling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; sons, James and his wife Beth and Michael, his daughter Jane and her husband Joe Gundling; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister, Sandra Cox. He is predeceased by a sister, Barbara Moran.
Contributions may be made in his memory and in honor of his granddaughter Lauren Gundling, to the Joubert Syndrome and Related Disorders Foundation, 9 Dorenfield Ct., Petaluma, Calif. 94952 or at jsrdf.org.
Arrangements were made by the O’Donnell Funeral Home, Allentown.