Asa Elwyn Kelley
Dr. Asa E. Kelley, a retired veterinarian, farmer and resident of Addison, MI, and Crossville, TN, passed away on Nov. 23, 2019, at the age of 90 years.
Dr. "Doc" Kelley is survived by his wife, Helen; his children, Asa (Amber) Kelley of Park City, UT, Robert Loren (Jill) Kelley of Nashville, Dr. Andrew E. Kelley of Addison, MI, and Peggy (Tim) Cole of Waxhaw, NC; grandchildren, Joshua Jackson of Hillsdale, MI, Grace Kelley of Ann Arbor, MI, Marlene Kelley of Ann Arbor, MI, Sophia Cole of Chapel Hill, NC, and Samuel Cole of Waxhaw, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews. Dr. Kelley was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Anne (Ames) Kelley; and his grandson, Jacob Loren Kelley; as well as his brother, Wilford Lavere Kelley; and sister, Elsie Claribel Bernard.
Dr. Kelley was born to Ted M. Kelley and Grace Elizabeth Kelley on May 4, 1929, in Hillsdale, MI. Dr. Kelley served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948 where he was stationed on the USS Coral Sea. After leaving the Navy, Dr. Kelley attended Michigan State University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1957. Early in his veterinary career, Dr. Kelley called on farms across southern Michigan and ultimately settled in Addison, MI, where he served clients at his practice until his retirement in 1994.
Throughout his life Dr. Kelley's love for the outdoors was reflected in the hobbies he enjoyed with his family and friends. For many years, Doc could be found running his coonhounds or walking the fence rows while pheasant hunting. Dr. Kelley also enjoyed serving other hunters across the Midwest with his veterinary services. Dr. Kelley served on the board of the Purina Dog Food Coonhound of the Year Award. Dr. Kelley was an avid golfer and could be found on the fairways and greens of the Devil's Lake Golf Course and the courses at his home in Fairfield Glade. Dr. Kelley's most passionate hobby was farming as he took great pride and determination in his care and cultivation of his land in Lenawee County growing field corn, soybeans, wheat and continued doing so until his death. Dr. Kelley served on the School Board for Addison Community Schools for two terms.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to Hospice of Cumberland County, Fairfield Glade Fire & Rescue, FOCCAS Distressed Animal Program of Crossville or your local 4-H or FFA organization.
A celebration of life for Dr. Kelley will be held at a later date in Addison, MI.
Published on November 26, 2019


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Norm Childs
Dec 01, 2019
This was a man that I looked up to my whole life, he was the man that took me off the football field and took me to his office and figured out why I became blind in one eye. Than sent me to MSU for a blood filter before it got to both of my eyes, I believe with out him I could be totally blind. RIP, God bless.
Brent and Robene Powell
Nov 30, 2019
Dr. Kelley was the best Veterinarian and friend a family could have! He took care of so many of our pet families over the course of thirty years,through laughter and tears,he was always there for us! God bless you and your wonderful family! Thank you for giving us Andy! Love and prayers to all of you! ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ™
HayleySue Trowbridge
Nov 30, 2019
A moment of prayer and silence for One of the Greatest Men to walk the face of this Earth.
Itzie, Ebony , Bob, Brenda Pease, Pittsford,Mi.
Nov 29, 2019
Only vet that cried with us when we had to put down our fur babies. Poodles like Itzie got into our sons Army toys ate the head off of it Dr. Ase said walk miles everyday with your tea cup and sheโ€™ll pass it, go thru her poop until you find it, if not weโ€™ll do surgery. He was always corect. Loved him. A-Number one person and Vet.
Laurie Sell
Nov 28, 2019
A remarkable human being. RIP Doc!!!
Lynn Kreger
Nov 28, 2019
Doc was a wonderful man. Wish I'd known him in his younger years. May God Bless those he left behind.
Carolynn K. Palmer
Nov 28, 2019
Asa Kelly was a wonderful human being.
More than a great vet, he was compassionate with the humans who owned the animals as he treated his patients. His sense of humor is one the things I miss the most. I will never forget him coming out to our car crying after putting our dog down when she had a stroke.
Louise Warren
Nov 28, 2019
I had a wonderful white shepard. Dr kelley took such great care of her. When she had to be put to sleep he cried like we did. He was a wonderful doctor.
Chris Connin
Nov 28, 2019
Wonderful memories of Doc Kelley...I will miss you!
Melinda Foreman
Nov 27, 2019
Asa was a great vet and wonderful person will be sadly missed. Always had great story about dogs ๐Ÿ•
Brooke Hartman
Nov 27, 2019
Doc always had a smile on his face when I seen him. Loved coming to his lake to fish, he always had a story to tell. He was definitely the kindest of men.