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Jim Kelava

James “Jim” A. Kelava, age 70, of Allendale, fought hard but failed his saving throw vs. cancer on Friday, March 8, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Magdalene Kelava; brother Robert Kelava; brother-in-law, Donald Butler. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Cheryl (Butler); children, Michelle and Shane Copeland, Michael and Jennifer Kelava; grandchildren, Anthony Ogg, Matthew Ogg, Kaleb Copeland, Olivia Copeland, Santana Samora, Chaya Samora, Alyssa (Saul) Hilliker, Brittyn Samora, Sarita Samora, Spencer Kelava, Logan Kelava; great-granddaughter, Alice Hawley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Kelava, Carl (Ruth) Squires, Harold  (Jeanne) Butler, Norman (Beth) Butler; aunt Evelyn Klukos; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jim proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1970-1978. He worked for HS Die and Engineering Inc. Jim loved sports, especially hockey, baseball, and football. He was the leader of a family of nerds, spending time playing role-playing games, computer and board games. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Allendale) 6651 Scott St., with Pastor Steven Starks officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet the family Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:45 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the American Cancer Society.

  1. He will be missed. As Celine had said, Uncle Jim was my favorite. Sorry for your loss.

    - Lilibeth Butler
  2. Cheryl – I was sorry to hear about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    - Dawn Butler Davis
  3. Michelle, so sorry to hear about your dad. Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

    - Laurel Killgore
  4. So sorry for your loss. It was such a pleasure to meet you both.

    - DAWN V CATO
  5. To the Kelava family God is with you and He will give you all you need , in this time of sadness.

    - Ken and Carol Noorman

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