NEGAUNEE - Norman L. Kellan, 92, of 108 Ridge Street, Negaunee, died Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
He was born in Negaunee on July 15, 1920 to the late Dayton and Florence (Thomas) Kellan. Norman was a graduate of Negaunee High School and attended Northern Michigan University and Ferris State University. He was a World War II veteran of Sgt Battery D, 166th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion New Guinea, Southern Philippines from 1942 to 1946. He received the Bronze star, good conduct medal, four overseas bars, rifle expert, bronze service arrowhead (3) and he hand painted the battalion signs. He was a jeweler and owned and operated Kellan Jewelry store in Negaunee until his retirement. Norman enjoyed carpentry and fixing cars. He was a member of Mitchell United Methodist Church and Negaunee Masonic Lodge. He and his wife, Ruth, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 15th of this year.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth, one son, David L. Kellan of Negaunee, one daughter, Cynthia (Randall) Wuorenmaa of Negaunee, one brother, Dayton J. "Tod" Kellan of Negaunee, several grandchildren, great- grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Norman Lee Kellan on February 1, 2012, and two sisters, Shirley Cleven and JoAnne Anderson.
A private memorial service will be held. Interment will be in Negaunee Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veteran Activity Fund or Mitchell United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. A heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and aides at Jacobetti. Bless you all. Perala Funeral Home is assisting the family.