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Thomas Ray Kellams, 69, of Middletown, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at his home following an extended illness.
He was born on May 10, 1947, in Anderson, to Thomas F. and Imogene (Patrick) Kellams.
Tom graduated in 1966 from Lapel High School and retired from the former Guide Lamp division of General Motors after 36 years of employment.
He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 663, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Sons of the Legion in Daleville.
Tom was a strong family man who lived for his grandchildren and will be missed by his family. He was always was the life of the party and spoke his mind. For many years his life was devoted to trail riding and training horses and he was known to have a gift for it.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, LeAnn (McIlrath); two children, Jason (wife, Shonda) Kellams of Middletown, and Ryan (husband, James) Gibson of Pendleton; five grandchildren, Indica, Kiona, Tommy, and David Kellams, and Gunner Gibson; three sisters, Sonnie (husband, James) Knotts and Nora (husband, James) Boyle, all of Lapel, and Pam Sheller of Anderson; several nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jimmy Kellams.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Scott E. Hersberger Funeral Home, 1010 N. Main St., Lapel.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Daleville American Legion Post 446.
Online condolences: www.hersbergerfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 1, 2017
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