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Bill Kelley

September 12, 1930 ~ May 11, 2018 (age 87)


Bill Kelley – age 87 of Polo, MO passed away Friday afternoon, May 11th, 2018 at Cameron Regional Medical Center in Cameron, MO.  Bill was born on September 12th, 1930 the son of James Edgar and Ruby Jeanette (Yoakum) Kelley in Polo, MO.  He was a 1948 graduate of Polo High School. Bill served our country in the United States Airforce during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Sophie in California and to this union, two children were born, they later divorced.  Bill was an entrepreneur owning several businesses throughout his career, including the Cooking from Scratch restaurant in Polo, MO with his late wife, Betty.  He lived in various places including Dallas, TX and Garden Grove, CA. Bill returned to Polo in 1994.  On June 17th, 2003 he was united in marriage to Betty June (Reams) Teegarden in Plattsburg, MO.  Bill enjoyed sports cars and owned several over the years. He was a member and trustee of the Bethel Christian Union Church and a trustee of the Bethel Cemetery.  Bill was also a member of the Polo American Legion Post #557. 

Mr. Kelley was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, son James Peter Kelley, sister Lois Porter and brother Clifford Kelley.  Survivors include: daughter, Darlien (Steve) Simos of Sarasota, FL; sister, Wanda Williams of Cameron, MO; 4 grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Steve Kelley, Roger Porter, M.A. Porter, Kevin Williams, Brett Williams and Greg Williams. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Bethel Christian Union Church or the Bethel Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home (301 E. Elm St. Polo, MO 64671). Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 at Bethel Church near Polo, MO with Gregory Carroll and Kevin Williams officiating. The family will receive friends one-hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow the services at Bethel Cemetery with military honors.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 9:00 AM Tuesday.  Arrangements are under the direction of Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo, MO. Online guestbook at


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